Written by Emma Ellis
"Each stage of investigation was taking approximately a month and I was always waiting for appointments."
I started with abdominal pain in April 2018 and was under investigation for a possible stomach ulcer or gallstones. The ultrasound was clear and left the doctors baffled. Each stage of investigation was taking approximately a month and I was always waiting for appointments. By September 2018 I had been in A & E twice but didn’t fit the criteria to be admitted, I saw my own, as well as various other doctors, 13 times and each time I was told that it wasn’t serious. Lastly, I received an appointment for a gastroscopy for November, but I knew I wouldn’t make it until November. I saw a doctor and begged to be admitted, so she arranged for me to go to the local hospital and be assessed in the ambulatory care unit. They said they thought it was an ulcer and were going to send me home, but I refused. One of the nurses recognized my illness and told the consultant I needed a CT scan. Approximately four hours later the doctor and the oncologist came and told me I had inoperable pancreatic cancer. Life ground to a stop at that very moment.