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dunny2
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have just been notified that my pancreatic specialist has passed away after a short illness. I am shocked
and saddened. Not only was he a wonderful doctor, he was one heck of a gentleman.
Now I guess I have to put my trust into goodness knows who...
RIP Dr. Frank Burton, professor of Gastroenterology and Pancreatology.

ivy6
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
How sad!

I think we are all much poorer when we lose someone who devotes their life / career to helping others :-(.

Thinking of you, Dunny.
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dunny2
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy, I do feel poorer as you say. It's like losing a friend you trusted with your life...
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
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ivy6
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I can imagine, Dunny.

I know they put up a lot of boundaries around themselves, but we share details & experiences with them that we don't even share with our closest friends and relatives, and that can create a very special relationship.

:-(

A big hug. I know I'd be devastated if any of my special docs died :-(.
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Zanne
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sending you ((((Hugs)))). Its hard when you lose someone that you trust and need.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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Becky77
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear dunny. :( (hugs) to you.

The nurse at my GI's office died a couple years ago and it was very hard. She was kind and caring, and of course could not be replaced.

So sad when someone who's there for you and listens isn't there anymore :(

dunny2
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

Sniper
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   Posted 9/13/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry dunny. Good docs are hard to find and hard to lose.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

randynoguts
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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
must of been something pretty bad if was sudden.

dunny2
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   Posted 9/14/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Randy, they have not given any indication why he died!! All the letter said was " He was truly a gentleman and gifted
physician. Dr. Burton had a distinguished career as a leading physician-scientist with numerous publications and national
presentations. Since 2001 he was recognized among "Best doctors of America" So on and so on. It really has hit me hard!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

Nanners
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   Posted 9/14/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a family doc I loved to death die about 20 years ago, and then just a year or two later a dentist who was so awesome suddenly died of an anurysm. You do get attached to and become to trust these docs, and when you never have them again, its very traumatic. I think someone said it best above, you tell these folks things you don't even tell your loved ones. So sorry for your loss, Vicky!
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dunny2
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   Posted 9/14/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, all I keep thinking about is the fact he put his arm around my shoulders, and told me " don't worry Victoria
I'll keep you alive". Darn it all, he couldn't even keep that from happening to him. I shall feel vunerable for awhile!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

Ides
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   Posted 9/14/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Dunny,
I am sorry that you have lost a doctor that meant so much to you. There is a blog spot that explains a bit more in the original posting and follow-up responses. While "prolonged cardiopulmonary illness" doesn't explain a lot, it is more than you had. See the posts here: http://pancreas.org/blog/2010/08/03/frank-burton-md/
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dunny2
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   Posted 9/14/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides, thank you so much for that. It helps to understand why such a dear man lost his life in my opinion way
too early. He really was such a good doctor, and most of all a listener.
Once again thank you!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

ski bum
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   Posted 9/14/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry Vicky...It sounds like Dr. Burton was a very well loved and respected physician. You might want to begin looking for another doctor by reading thru the posts on the web site Ides posted. Dr. Burton seems to have been a teacher who made an impact on his students' lives. Maybe one of the young physicians he trained would be able to help you. SB

dunny2
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   Posted 9/14/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
His wife Mary is also a doctor in the same field. So I will probably go see her. Maybe they would have been
like minded. I can only hope. I know at this stage of my disease, I don't need the cutting edge approach, I'll
settle for the soft palliative approach...
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

Sniper
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   Posted 9/15/2010 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes a doctor that cares is much better than the meds. Hope the wife is the same as the doctor you have lost.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

dunny2
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   Posted 9/15/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
That's what I'm hoping Sniper x
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...
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