Ryan Buell: I'm 'Surprising Docs' with My Progress

08/23/2012 at 04:00 PM EDT

Ryan Buell Pancreatic Cancer Update
Ryan Buell
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Ryan Buell has opened up about his pancreatic cancer battle with his social media followers this summer – and on Wednesday, he shared some good news.

The 30-year-old star of A&E's hit series Paranormal State held a Twitter chat with his 52,000+ followers and addressed his health.

Asked if he was making progress, the paranormal investigator replied, "still have a ways to go but I am surprising docs w/ how well I'm recovering, apparently."

Another follower inquired about the best thing that's ever happened to Buell.



"Hopefully," he wrote, "getting to say I'm cancer free by Christmas!"



As for whether Buell thinks his work with the paranormal has anything to do with his illness, "Maybe," Buell Tweeted. "But I refuse to think like that."

In addition to revealing his positivity, Buell – who founded the Paranormal Research Society at Penn State University – hinted at numerous events and appearances he has planned, including checking out the PRS fan club now that he's able to work again. (Buell has been on personal leave and in and out of the hospital.)

Having just relocated from State College, Penn., to Raleigh, N.C., Buell added that he was eager to "catch up on True Blood … Also really excited to return to work as well as interacting with everyone again."

Buell's attitude should come as no surprise to his friend and Paranormal State collaborator, Chip Coffey. "The times that I talked with him after his diagnosis, he sounded very determined," Coffey told PEOPLE Aug. 10. "His resolve and his determination hopefully will work toward his benefit of being able to be able to fight this disease."

"Ryan continues to be, always, in my thoughts and in my prayers."

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