Table 2: Thematic structural analysis of the patients’ experiences of being in recovery after pancreaticoduodenectomy ad modum Whipple ( ).

SubthemeMain theme

Living with and managing symptoms
Mastering self-care
Planning daily lifeRecapturing everyday life
Receiving support from health care staff
Being part of a social context

Feeling well as opposed to ill
Being active and independentBeing healthy
Feeling needed and included
Returning to an active life

Pondering about the future
Thinking positivelyLooking to the future
Being in a state of uncertainty