The Anonymous Widower

Life After Pancreatic Cancer

The London Marathon always throws up human stories.

This one from the Argus, which is entitled Youngest London Marathon Runner Raising Funds For Medics Who Saved Her Life, is one of the best I can remember.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The youngest runner in the London Marathon is undertaking the challenge to raise money for the medics who saved her life by carrying out surgery to remove a tumour from her gut the size of a large grapefruit.

Lucy Harvey, from Poole, Dorset, was admitted to Poole Hospital in January 2019 with appendicitis, but the pre-op scans identified a mass on her pancreas.

This story has really touched me.

  • My son died at 37 from pancreatic cancer.
  • His daughter, who is now eighteen, was born with a congenital hernia of the diaphragm and was saved by heroic surgery in the Royal London Hospital by Vanessa Wright.
  • I support pancreatic cancer research at Liverpool University, where I met my late wife in the 1960s.
  • I raised a little bit of money, for the pancreatic cancer study I talk about in There’s More To Liverpool Than Football And The Beatles!.

My granddaughter now lives a reasonably normal life!

October 3, 2021 - Posted by | Health, Sport | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It is good to hear of someone surviving pancreatic cancer, several years ago an ex colleague died of it within 6 weeks of diagnosis. I am glad that your granddaughter is able to lead a normal life now. It is hard being “different” at her age.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 3, 2021 | Reply

    • I have added a link to the surgeon, who saved my granddaughter’s life. In Cambridge, I regularly used to play real tennis with a doctor at Addenbrookes, who had trained under her.

      He felt she was simply the best!

      Comment by AnonW | October 3, 2021 | Reply


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