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It is exactly one year ago today that my beloved wife Margaret  lost her battle with this awful cancer.  
In that year I have spent too long beating myself up about what I could - or should  - have done differently in those difficult months before the end?
If the truth be told, probably very little. I do personally now regret the decision we both made to try what is rather oddly known as 'palliative ' chemotherapy?  
Those who have experienced chemotherapy will know there is very little about it that can be described as 'palliative'. The side effects tend to be pretty brutal for many folk, and that can rob you of precious quality time, which is one of the things you can ill  afford to lose with terminal cancer.


'They' tell me things will start to get easier...... What they don't say is when?
I still miss Margaret desperately every day , and look on jealously at those folk in the Cancer Research and Macmillan TV adverts,  whose smiling faces show that their cancer treatments are being successful.... I'll bet not many of them are suffering from Pancreatic Cancer?

But that's unfair of course....  I do wish them all well, and still donate what I can to a number of cancer charities. We can all hope that one day the survival rates for Pancreatic Cancer start to rival those of some other cancers, which have seen dramatic improvements in recent years.  

I'm sure the researchers are doing their very best to try and make that happen.

Until that time I - and I'm sure many other folk - am very grateful to those who do their very best to help people cope with Pancreatic Cancer today.... 

The specialist nurses and hospice teams. The district and palliative care nurses. Indeed, all the medical professionals who do their very best to help us cope with this most deadly of cancers. Without them, I'm not sure how many of us would manage at all!


I can no longer say 'this time last year' any more, when referring to anything Margaret and I did together.  
That seems like a milestone passed. What I do need to do is try and not let that 'milestone' become a 'millstone'.
It is time to try and look forward.  But it's not going to be easy....


My advice to those of you still on this sad journey is to try and maximise your quality time..... It is very precious.

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Hi Rogs you could do nothing to prevent the loss of your beloved Margaret, pancan doesn't take prisoners, it doesn't care about us, don't blame yourself for what pancan did to Margaret.

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  • 10 months later...

Hi I'm John from essex   my beautiful Sue died 5/12/23 after a 2 week period of diagnosis and death with all children  and grandchilkdren present as she wished , she had a lovely humanist ceremony and crematio followed by a celebration with many family contributions including poems I wrote for her when we met 54 years. I knew nothing about this horrible cancer aggressaive silent killer and first sympton was a bloated tummy by that time she was dying and passed very peacefully .

Her dog is lost I'm lost everywhere I look is her, her picxtures her butterflies   her ducks and her garden with fairy tale lighting.

I feel lost and empty   yes I''m angry nobody the vascular cons the oncologist the GP the diabetic nurse etc noticied anything but will not bring her back --ever so the idea that she has  gone shopping with the kids will not wash anymore.

I will not ever forget her or want to forget a truly perfect wife nana  Mum and friend but the pain and tears



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Support Team

Hi John


Thank you for sharing, and condolences on behalf of us all here at Pancreatic Cancer UK. She sounds so loved and terribly missed.

I just wanted to reply and say if you ever want to talk, cry, vent or just have someone to chat to, the nurses are only at the end of the phone (or email if you prefer). Their contact details are here. They are absolutely wonderful and can be a huge comfort, not just for those going through pancreatic cancer, but for those left behind.


Take care John



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