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Lynsey Whitcombe-Jones 40 challenges to raise money for charity

10428678_10205251304714518_8258560394738725387_nYesterday would have been my daddy’s 67th birthday. 11 days after this picture was taken he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died just 8 days after that.

Pancreatic cancer is the 5th biggest cancer killer in the uk, yet survival rates have not improved in over 40 years. I am raising money for pancreatic cancer action uk which aims to raise awareness and improve funding by doing my 40 challenges.

I am taking this opportunity to say the challenges aren’t going to be completed by the time I’m 40, in just 36 days (arghhh) but they will be completed and I will do the one I dread most on my birthday! The reason they are not going to be completed on target is due to a few factors.

I had an operation last year on my birthday, which due to complications had me bed ridden for 6 weeks. I’m due another one before my 40th which could mean up to 9 hours in surgery.


My mental health has also been bad for prolonged periods. Most people know the original reasons of the challenges was to help me beat agoraphobia, anxiety, panic attacks and depression and that I had been pretty much housebound for 18 months. I have managed to face my fears, but I am still housebound more than I’m able to go out. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in the past 11 months. Run a half marathon, cycled 9 miles naked through Brighton, abseiled Pembroke castle, cycled 45 miles & the equivalent of up Snowdon in a hurricane, made it to London & managed the underground in rush hour in.order to punt the river cam plus lots of others. I thank everyone for their continued support and will set a new final date for the challenges shortly. Feel free to share links etc. Money raised is split between pancreatic cancer action and the mental health foundation and you can sponsor me at www.virginmoneygiving.com/lynseywhitcombe

Pancreatic cancer charity welcomes move to bring pharmacists into GP practices

Ali Stunt

“This is would be a very positive step for easing the pressure on GP practices and help attribute to early diagnosis. “

Pancreatic Cancer Action, which exists to save lives through early diagnosis of one of the UK’s deadliest cancers, has welcomed the initiative to introduce an “army” of pharmacists into GP practices.

Leading health professionals from Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), said the plan would see pharmacists providing health advice and being able to prescribe medication with additional training.

Every year, almost 9000 men and women will be newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and due to late diagnosis, they will be faced with a shockingly low three per cent chance of survival and an average life expectancy of just three to six months.

Ali Stunt, Chief Executive and rare survivor of pancreatic cancer, said: “This is would be a very positive step for easing the pressure on GP practices and help improve early diagnosis.
“The biggest problem with the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is that there is no one clear indicator of the illness. There are, however, clusters of symptoms in the early stages that should raise alarm bells.

“By introducing pharmacists into GP practices, this will be an additional route to diagnosis and will contribute to improving survival rates for this grim disease. I am survivor myself and am determined more people will have the same lucky outcome as I did.”

The charity currently have an RGCP accredited training programme for GPs are planning to introduce one for pharmacists.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include persistent, new onset upper abdominal or upper back pain; jaundice; indigestion not responding to prescribed medication; pale and smelly stools that don’t flush easily and unexplained weight loss. Pancreatic Cancer Action advise anyone who experiences these symptoms, which are not normal for them, to speak to their GP or pharmacist or call 111.

Mother’s Day wishes

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and a hard day for many. Ali posted the following on Facebook:

“It’s Mother’s Day and some of us are lucky either to have our mums with us or, like me, to still be here as a mum to my boys (see us pictured!) nearly 8 years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We send love to mums everywhere today and we are thinking of all of you who have lost your mum to pancreatic cancer and are finding today a little tough. Ali Stunt (Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action) xxx”

It’s Mother’s Day and some of us are lucky …