Ryan Buell founded the Paranormal Research Society when he was 19. Now 31, he has a show, Paranormal State on A&E, he's in talks for a new TV show, and he's working on his second book. He's also battling pancreatic cancer.
Ryan talked to People about his diagnosis, which came in 2011 when he was 29.
"I haven't really talked about it because I was in shock," Ryan said. "I don't have any desire to exploit my disease, but I want to let fans, as well as people in general who are aware of the stigma surrounding this disease, know that so far I am surviving and doing well."
So far he's had two successful surgeries and is "close" to being in remission. He told People what led to his accidental diagnosis.
"I first noticed at the end of shooting Paranormal State that things just didn't feel right. I was more tired, I had abdominal pains, but I thought I was just overworked. It wasn't really until a year later that I really started to notice this on a regular basis. I was exhausted so much. I would break out into heavy fevers. I would get very sharp pains. [Doctors] noticed that some of my enzymes were elevated, so they decided to do some tests, and then it moved into biopsies and MRI. That's when they noticed something. It wasn't, like, 'Oh, let me get checked for cancer.' It was discovered by accident."
Scary stuff. Read more of his story on People's site. After it was posted, Ryan got more fan support and encouragement. "Thank u all for the encouraging words after reading my interview w/ People Mag," he tweeted. "They are doing a series of articles chronicling my journey."
Best of luck to Ryan. You can beat this!