Ida was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and sadly passed away just 8 months later.
Ida’s daughter, Gemma, tells Ida’s story in her own words.
My mum was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on October 31st 2013. The cancer was already large at this point as she had been misdiagnosed around 6 months prior with diabetes.
The cancer was aggressive but they wanted to try Chemo-Surgery-Chemo and were confident that it would work. The Chemo was brutal and mum was hospitalised at times because the side effects were so severe. I lived in Birmingham and mum was in London so I went part time at work so I could spend half the week looking after her and my sister and Cathy (a close family friend) would care for her the other half of the week.
She went in for surgery in April which went well and the surgeon said he had got everything out that he could see. She was in a bad way but she got through it and after some time in intensive care she went home. There was problems with her pain management and we had to fight to get something done about it and she was hospitalised and put on a morphine drip which worked.
It was then that a scan revealed that the cancer had exploded all over and was the reason for the intense pain she had been experiencing. We were told 3-6 months and mum was sent home to receive palliative care from the district nurses who were fantastic.
She had a morphine drip fitted so she would have 24 hour pain relief and my sister and I along with Cathy (who had moved in to mum’s to help by this point) cared for her at home. We made funeral plans and tried to enjoy what little time we had left.
There were plans for hospice care for the end days but we realised that we could care for her at home so on June 23rd 2014 aged 57 at 4pm she passed away in her own bed with both of her daughters and Cathy there with her.
This disease took my mum away in 8 months and every day without her is a heartache I can’t put into words.
I sincerely hope that more research into this cancer happens because the diagnosis of it is just not fast enough.