A mother who thought she was just suffering symptoms of menopause has passed away.
Joanne Eales first started to experience symptoms of the condition in February 2020 but believed the signs were because of her age.
But when things did not improve, she visited her GP and ended up booking a CT scan, according to Coventry Live.
Joanne was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and given between three and six months to live.
Sadly, she passed away in April this year.
Her daughter, 27-year-old Chelsea Bennett, wants others to know the symptoms of pancreatic cancer so they can also get checked.
“It began with a mild stomach and backache and then she had a slight change in her bowel habits,” she said.
“She thought ‘maybe it’s because of my age’ because of the onset of the menopause,” Chelsea continued.
“Mum thought it was just one of those things. She was still living a normal life and doing normal things.”
Even during her treatment, Joanne was still cheerful.
“My mum was a very proud lady,” Chelsea shared. “Even a week before she passed away, she was still painting her nails. During that time, I lived between two houses, I would pick the children up from school and later go to my mum’s. I would spend all night at my mum’s. Being an only child, there was nobody else to share that burden with.”
“Very often, I looked at her and wondered how this had happened,” Chelsea continued.
“Pancreatic cancer is something we all need to be aware of because it is such a deadly cancer.”
According to Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include abdominal pain, unintended weight loss or loss of appetite, jaundice or yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, dark-colored urine, light-colored stools, and itchy skin.
Other signs include fatigue, blood clots, and diabetes.
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