Darlington Clock Tower will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month


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

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

On November 16 The faces of the tower will turn purple and Mrs. Leonard will help you 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 suffering pains 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.

She said: "I had to call where I was told I had to go to the Darlington Memorial Hospital. and thought it was gallstones blocking my bile duct.

"They decided I needed to be stuck in the bile duct and I was sent to Durham hospital.

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 tumour blocking the bile duct, part of the pancreas, part of the small intestine, the gallbladder, part of the stomach and 27 lymph nodes.

He was admitted to the hospital on December 18. On Boxing Day, Mrs Leonard was allowed to go home.

She added: "The only thing that kept me going to be with my grandchildren and my daughter is getting married next year.

"I have a great deal of people who do not know what the symptoms are"

"I approached Darlington Borough Council to raise awareness."

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

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Spans across the whole of November.



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