"I lost my dad in March 2021. He had a very short diagnosis. The day he found out was my mum’s birthday – 15 February and he passed away on 21 March. So we had 5 fast weeks and a very harsh reality of this cancer.
My Dad was a very beautiful person, it sounds like a cliché, because I’m his daughter – of course I’m going to say that, but he was. He’s so missed. He was one of those people who could sit in a room and have a presence, without saying anything. There was a respect that he claimed it without having to claim it. He was a quiet man who didn’t need an introduction or to make himself known because he was always more worried about whether everyone else was ok – that was his life. He was such a good man; I was very lucky to have a good dad.
We had never heard of pancreatic cancer, we had heard of gut cancers, but pancreatic cancer was a new one. He had this tremendous back pain that was the trigger for my mum to say - You need to go to the hospital, there’s something wrong, you’ve never been like this before.
One of the other big signs, that we didn’t know about was that he hadn’t had a bowel movement for a very long time, almost close to a couple of months, and when he did there was blood in his urine and bowel movement.