Rare illness afflicts Elizabethtown woman

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:01 AM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — In her dreams, she eats at buffets. She watches cooking shows on the Food Network and joins her family at the dinner table for meals, but Mallory Chaney can't have what can't be administered through a feeding tube.

She has not eaten since Feb. 20.

The former Central Hardin High School soccer star's life veered in a different direction when doctors discovered a rare pancreatic tumor that needed to be removed immediately. Her life as an involved junior at Western Kentucky University would come to an abrupt halt.

After undergoing a high-risk Whipple procedure to remove parts of her stomach, small intestine, lymph nodes and gallbladder, Chaney now suffers from bouts of acute pancreatitis.

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