November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and we are asking patients, relatives and those who have sadly lost loved ones to share their stories with us and the media. Hearing someone else’s story can make a huge difference to those affected by pancreatic cancer. The knowledge that others have suffered and overcome the disease or have faced bereavement as a result of the disease can help people to cope with their situation.
Hearing someone else’s story can not only make a huge difference to those affected by pancreatic cancer but also raise awareness to those who have never heard of the disease – potentially saving a life if someone is diagnosed early as a result.
Pancreatic cancer can strike at any time and it is important to be aware of all the signs and symptoms. Sharing a story helps people to identify these symptoms and demonstrates how their actions can make a difference.
A quick response is vital as this disease can escalate very quickly. Pancreatic Cancer Action is a charity working to save lives through early diagnosis by research, support and awareness.
Penny Lown, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2013 and given just months to live, made a miraculous recovery and is still here 3 years on. She often shares her story with the media and says: “Sharing my story with Pancreatic Cancer Action has enabled me to help educate others on pancreatic cancer about pancreatic cancer and hopefully ensure more people are diagnosed early.
“As a survivor, I also provide patients with some hope that people CAN beat the disease and also ensure that people affected by this terrible disease know that there is support and help out there.”
If you would like to share your story, please contact Lu or Natasha on firstname.lastname@example.org.