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Kevin & Sandra

Kevin shares the story of his mum, Sandra, who passed away only three weeks after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He talks about their incredibly emotional journey and how he found comfort and solace.


The day my mum, Sandra, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer remains etched in my memory forever. On Mother’s Day 2019, just three weeks after her diagnosis, I said a final goodbye. Those weeks were the most challenging and painful of my life, as I watched my mum spend her last days confined to a hospital bed.

Mum’s struggle began long before her diagnosis

Mum’s struggle with this cruel disease began long before we even knew it. About a year prior, she started experiencing a persistent cough that her GP attributed to acid reflux. Little did we know that this was just the beginning of a long and trying journey.

Miscommunication regarding her endoscopy led to multiple cancellations, and an eventual blood test revealed high levels of inflammation. It was then that we first heard the word “cancer,” but initial thoughts were ovarian.

A devastating diagnosis

It wasn’t until mum was admitted to the hospital with excruciating abdominal pain that we learned the devastating truth: pancreatic cancer, which had already spread to her liver. Despite her pain, Mum’s smile was unwavering. She celebrated her 61st birthday in the hospital surrounded by her loving family. We even got her favourite rainbow sponge cake.

She was an extraordinary woman

The grief of losing my mum was overwhelming, but as time passed, I found solace in our cherished memories. I can now look back and remember her laughter, her warmth and her unconditional love. She was an extraordinary woman whose legacy lives on through my memories, and her spirit will forever be with us. My mum will always be missed and eternally loved.

Support from Pancreatic Cancer UK

My mum’s battle with pancreatic cancer was an incredibly emotional journey that unfolded far too quickly from diagnosis to her passing. But I found comfort and understanding through the Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line and website. These invaluable resources educated me about the physical and emotional toll of pancreatic cancer, not only on the person diagnosed but also on their loved ones.

My family and I have committed to raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK, ensuring that they can continue their remarkable work in raising awareness, supporting those affected, and advancing research into this devastating disease.

We can make a difference

The loss of my mum has left an indelible mark, but I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to honour her memory by supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK. Through our collective efforts, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by pancreatic cancer and work towards a brighter future where this disease no longer casts its shadow.

April 2023