Patients Stories

Layla Stephen – NET

In the summer of 2008 I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, Hadley-Ray. Everything was perfect.  Approximately 6 weeks after Hadley was born I started to get severe stomach pains and sickness. Over the following 10 weeks I got steadily worse, lost over 3 stone in weight (rapidly) and started to pass out on…

Ruth Willrich – NET

Forty‐five year old Ruth Willrich has been given a new lease of life after having 75% of her liver removed as part of her cancer treatment at Spire Southampton Hospital. Despite being told that she may only have five years left to live, Ruth has remained upbeat and positive throughout three operations and a series…

Joanne Green – NET

For as long as I can remember, I have had what I was told was IBS. I seem to remember it becoming worse in my mid 20’s when I was at university studying for a degree. I saw my doctor who wasn’t too worried linking it to the stress of exams etc. Looking back, I…

Ronny Allan – NET

Discovery and Diagnosis “Did you mean to lose weight?” Inquisitive words from my asthma nurse Liz who was carrying out my routine annual assessment. Liz always asked about my general health and I just happened to mention I’d lost half a stone in weight but wasn’t really sure about the length of time it took…

Rosalind Clarke – NET

In 2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My feelings were, I think, typical of most people in that situation; complete horror, panic and fear. Why me? My parents were both in their nineties and there was no history of cancer in my family. I had lived a very normal life, had always kept fit…

Rachel Burch – Pancreatic NET

I was diagnosed, aged 34, with Cancer back in 2005 whilst in the early stages of pregnancy presenting multiple secondary tumours in the liver and lymph glands. At the time there was a diagnostic uncertainty as to the primary, although it was thought to be in the Pancreas and I was given an extremely poor…

Susan Rostron – Pancreatic NET

I visited my GP in late March 2011 with a stomach upset that wouldn’t go away. I had a gastroscopy within a week. The GP thought I had stomach ulcer. The results were ‘inconclusive’. Another gastroscopy and a CT scan were done and I saw a consultant within 10 days of these where I was…

Nick Inkpen – Pancreatic Cancer

In April 2012 I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer this came as a massive shock you really do feel suddenly that life could so easily be snatched away from you, those first few hours after receiving the news seem to drift into a place of total isolation and you can’t help but feel that this…

Gordon Garrett – Pancreatic Cancer

I was diagnosed with a bile duct tumour in June 2003, after showing signs of jaundice a week prior to an operation to straighten my nose after many years of rugby injuries. I was totally numbed initially, as it came as a bolt out of the blue. Why me, when I had always tried to…

Brian’s Jones Story – Pancreatic Cancer

My story starts back in April 2006 when I thought there was a problem with my “waterworks” and motions. I made an initial appointment with my GP to discuss the situation. When I saw her she immediately said that I was jaundiced to which I replied “I thought I had a nice suntan”! From that…

Yvonne Sheppard – Pancreatic Cancer

Chemotherapy and Whipple’s surgery When Yvonne Sheppard started feeling bloated and like she had constant indigestion, and regularly woke up with night sweats she was convinced she was going through ‘the change’. However when she started going off her food and losing weight at a rate of 1lb a day she thought she ought to…

Michael Masterman – Bile Duct Cancer

Back in January 2015 I started feeling unwell and thought I had caught a bug that was going round work, at one of my regular INR Blood Tests (I have had Atrial Fibrillation for over 30 years) at my local GP’s Treatment Room the nurse noticed my eyes were a bit yellow and made me…

Stuart Wayment – Whipples

My story starts in August 2012. I went along to the blood donor’s suite in Poole to give a pint, something that I have been doing for well over 30 years without so much as a dizzy or light headed feeling. I originally started giving blood for the extra hour off that my employer at…