A kind, funny and beautiful soul. We will love and miss you always. Thank you for all the wonderful and happy memories.
If you choose to donate in memory of Carl and support our ongoing fundraising, we sincerely thank you.
We share Carl’s story in the hope we can raise awareness and prevent other families facing the same devastating situation. We hope that future research and vital changes will afford those people and their families living with Pancreatic Cancer, a longer more positive looking future.
Carl passed away at home on the 13/08/21 at the age of 56, following a painful but brave and resilient battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Carl passed away just 8 weeks after his suspected diagnosis.
In April 2021, Carl started to have stomach and back pains, Carl was diagnosed over the phone with a Hiatus Hernia. The pain wasn't improving, and Carl was losing weight. After a number of weeks, Carl was sent to have an ultrasound which revealed he had a number of lesions on the liver. Due to these results Carl needed further tests.
While waiting for further tests, Carl had a number of visits to A&E, two being where he was taken in by ambulance due to the pain being so severe and relied on out of hours Doctors. Unfortunately, Carl got no further forward in finding out what was wrong and continued to experience severe pain and discomfort.
On the 25th June 2021, Carl had an appointment at the Hospital to go through the findings from the tests. The consultant informed Carl that they suspect he had Pancreatic Cancer, which had spread. Carl was too weak for any further tests or treatment and with this came a very bleak prognosis. There was nothing they could do for Carl; the cancer was terminal, and he was at the end of his life. Carl received palliative care three days after this appointment.
The news was devastating. Carl lost a quality of life from the moment he had pain, but he was incredibly stoic throughout. As a family, we are immensely proud of the way Carl dealt with this horrendous illness, never once complaining, never questioning why this had happened to him, he continued to have a great sense of humour throughout and demonstrated resilience and courage.
Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer in the UK. Three in five people with Pancreatic Cancer are diagnosed at a late stage. Most people, like Carl will receive no treatment, and one in two will die within three months. Carl passed away without an official diagnosis.
Everyone with pancreatic cancer should have the opportunity to live the time they have left with the greatest possible comfort and dignity, not spending the last months of life fighting for a diagnosis, for adequate pain relief and further support.
Let’s be the change, for Carl and for everyone else fighting Pancreatic Cancer.
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