Home Health Darlington Clock Tower will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Darlington Clock Tower will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

A GRANDMOTHER is hoping to share the story across town in order to spread awareness for pancreatic cancer.

Christine Leonard, from Darlington, has been asked to change the color of the clock tower in solidarity with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

On November 16 the faces of the tower will turn purple and Mrs Leonard hopes this will help to spread the message.

Last year, the 58-year-old grandmother suffered a "rough ride" after being diagnosed pancreatic cancer.

She went to her GP in August 2017 after having pain in her abdomen, losing her appetite and dealing with weight loss.

After a series of blood tests, which came out normal, Mrs. Leonard was given medication but after days her symptoms had not improved.

She said: "The pain had gone round my turn and I had a call where I was told I had to go to Darlington Memorial Hospital." They did more tests. and thought it was gallstones blocking my bile duct.

"They decided I needed a stent in the hospital and I was sent to Durham hospital After the procedure I was told if I had not done it I would not be here now."

Mrs Leonard was then referred to The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and she was diagnosed with the early stages of pancreatic cancer.

She was offered a procedure called 'The Whipple' – a mammoth operation to remove a tumor blocking of the bile duct, part of the pancreas, part of the small intestine, the gallbladder, and 27 lymph nodes.

She was admitted to the hospital on December 18 and was operated on for almost nine hours. On Boxing Day, Mrs. Leonard was allowed to go home.

She added: "The only thing that kept me going at that time was that we had a family holiday to Florida with my grandchildren and that my daughter is getting married next year.

"I had a CT scan this September and was finally given the all-clear." "There's just that many people who do not know what to do?"

"I approached Darlington Borough Council to see if they would be willing to raise awareness.

"My story is to raise awareness of this issue."

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month spans across the whole of November.

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