08:31 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 09/23/2013 08:00AM
Having starred on A&E's Paranormal State, Ryan Buell is no stranger to navigating talk about death. But in 2012, the paranormal investigator was forced to face his own mortality when, at age 29, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
In the first part of his exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Buell candidly revealed the shock of his diagnosis, as well as coming to terms with the looming possibility of his death.
Now, in his own words, Buell recalls the depths of his struggle as he underwent treatment, and looks back on the people who've bolstered him along the way as he treads a slow, steady path to recovery.
Originally posted 09/20/2013 09:00PM
In 2011, Paranormal State star Ryan Buell had a hit show on A&E, a successful book and an array of new projects in the works. He wasn't feeling his best, but he blamed his production schedule for the constant fatigue. When his symptoms persisted months later, however, he sought medical attention. The diagnosis was devastating.
Buell had pancreatic cancer. He was 29 years old.
News of his illness broke last year, but the paranormal investigator has remained mostly quiet about his ordeal – until now.
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