According to his doctor, Warren Littrel should have died several years ago. Instead, Warren recently celebrated his fifth anniversary of his diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Before the diagnosis, Warren was active, ate the right things and took care of himself. He ran marathons and hiked mountains. He did everything you were supposed to do to remain healthy.
Warren’s prognosis was especially grim because he was not eligible for most treatments because of the stage and location of his tumor. Without medical care he was given six to eight weeks to live. The most aggressive treatment option gave him a survival rate of just 14 months.
Five years later, Warren is thriving, thanks to innovations in cancer care. These pioneering treatments enable Warren to control his disease and to live a longer, healthier life.
Since his diagnosis, Warren has remained on the move. He practices yoga and takes aerobic classes, and runs a ceramics business with his wife and children in Tunisia that employs over 50 local artists.
“I now take the time to appreciate the little things in life,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate that because of my treatment, I’ve been able to maintain a somewhat normal life, and this is what I’m most grateful for.”
Warren’s story is part of PhRMA’s new campaign, I’m Not Average, featuring inspirational stories from individuals about the powerful impact that innovative cancer medicines have had on their lives.
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Holly Campbell Holly Campbell is former deputy vice president of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on the cost and value of medicines. Prior to joining PhRMA, Holly worked for large and small public relations firms where she provided strategic communications counsel, media relations and partnership expertise to health care and pharmaceutical clients. In her free time, she enjoys taking barre classes, trying new restaurants and spending time with Boss and Poppy, her rescue pups.