Patient Stories

Emma Mangan- Bereaved

Emma Mangan shares the story of her father, Ray Wilson, and his experience with this horrible disease.

Ray Wilson

My dad, Ray, was 62-years old and a fit, healthy, active and happy father of two and grandfather of seven. He worked as a prison officer at HMP Altcourse and was previously a Merseyside Police Officer.

In the months leading up to his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he began feeling unwell and was treated for reflux and gall stones while awaiting a scan appointment.

Dad was admitted to the hospital via A&E in severe pain, and diagnosed a week later on 24th May 2019. He was cared for in hospital but sadly was unable to have any treatment or surgery, as his cancer was already established and had spread.

Dad spent his last few weeks in Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool, and we all received truly amazing care and support. Dad fought to the very end, and I was honoured to be with him. Over 200 people attended his funeral, showing what a wonderful and truly loved man he was.