Carer stories

Stories from families, friends and carers.

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Emma & Ian

13 February 2024

Ian, a retired firefighter, had always been healthy when he started to get abdominal pain. He was eventually diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer, and sadly had severe side effects from chemotherapy. He chose to stop treatment, and passed away at home, cared for by his family, on his 63rd birthday. His daughter Emma tells their story.

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Laura, Amy & Debbie

19 January 2024

Debbie was 64 when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her daughter Laura and Laura’s partner, Amy, reflect on making memories with Debbie before she passed away, 10 weeks after diagnosis.

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Alicia & Dave

12 December 2023

Alicia writes in memory of her dad, Dave, who passed away just 21 days after being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer, aged only 57. Alicia shares her special memories of how her dad was able to be part of her wedding day, and being there for him at the end of his life.

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Gary & Maggie

20 November 2023

Gary’s mum, Maggie, started to get symptoms so her family took her to the hospital for tests. They were devastated to learn she had pancreatic cancer which had spread to the liver and lungs. Four years after Maggie passed away at 58 years old, Gary reflects on the impact on their family.

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Chris & Chris

15 November 2023

Chris was full of life kind and had a tremendous sense of humour. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2021. His son, also Chris, shares their story. 

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Andy & Joanne

1 November 2023

Andy, a husband, father of two and keen cyclist, was 44 years old when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His wife, Joanne, shares their story and talks about making memories before Andy passed away in August 2023.

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Anastasia & Alex

20 October 2023

Anastasia and her family were forced to leave their home due to the war in Ukraine in 2022, while her husband Alex was still being monitored after surgery for pancreatic cancer. Sadly, the cancer came back and spread, and Alex is now having chemotherapy in the UK.

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Nicola & Alan

28 September 2023

Nicola’s dad, Alan, had several symptoms of pancreatic cancer before being diagnosed in 2019. He sadly passed away in 2022. Nicola tells their story.

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Lisa, Nadine, Joyce & Robert

30 August 2023

Robert was 72 when he was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. After seeking a second opinion and having chemotherapy, he was able to have an operation and is now recovering at home. His daughters Lisa and Nadine and his wife Joyce tell the story.

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Lianne & Tony

14 August 2023

Lianne shares the story of her dad, Tony, to help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. Tony was just 60 when he passed away from pancreatic cancer that had spread to the liver, just under 5 weeks after his diagnosis.

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Judy & Pete

20 July 2023

Judy’s husband, Pete, found out he had pancreatic cancer after developing jaundice in summer 2022. Sadly, his cancer had spread to other organs and Pete passed away six months later, aged 66. Judy talks about their shock at his diagnosis and her wish to raise awareness of the symptoms.

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Debbie & Rachel

6 July 2023

Debbie’s mum Rachel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, during the COVID lockdowns. She passed away at home in September 2022. Debbie reflects on her mum’s spirit and on the support their family had from each other and from Pancreatic Cancer UK.