I am a 54 yr old woman who was first diagnosed with pancreatitis over 20 yrs ago. I had been drinking heavily for 10 yrs when I had first attack which hospitalized me for 9 days. The pain was without doubt the most excruciating I have ever felt. Yes, I was advised not to drink... and no, I ignored the advice and carried on. I must have had about 50 to 60 attacks over the years, at least half putting me back in hospital. I am now told that I have some calcification of the pancreas.Last year I had my gall bladder out, which contained one small stone and they told me it hadn't been the cause. I have had no attacks since this op (coincidence maybe) but after a particularly bad hangover last month, I have not touched a drop of alcohol, nor do intend to again. But has the damage already been done, and if I remain off alcohol, will I still die early? I know people get this through no problem of their own and I feel selfish for inflicting it on myself, but is there hope for me?