A grandma who was told she likely had “gallstones” has been suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable pancreatic tumour, her heartbroken daughter has revealed.
Allie Brackley, 54, started feeling unwell last year during the first Covid lockdown, with severe pain under her ribcage which doctors initially thought was nothing serious.
But after a couple of weeks of telephone appointments, she was given a blood test and rushed off to hospital near her home in Rugby.
There she received the shock diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer.
Allie’s daughter, Annalies Shipley, 38, says the massive tumour “came out of nowhere” and appears to have rapidly spread out to her vital organs.
Tragically, doctors found that it had wrapped itself around an artery which meant that surgery to remove it was not an option.
Annalies told YorkshireLive: “It has subsequently metastasised and spread out to her liver and for us it was a shock to the system because it just came out of nowhere.
“She had been in perfect health, she always has been, she’s young and had no other symptoms of being ill. Unfortunately, that seems to be commonplace of pancreatic cancer, people seem to be very well and the symptoms don’t show until it’s too late.”
Allie’s only chance of survival now is chemotherapy, which she is currently receiving in a bid to shrink the tumour.
After the first treatment, a CT scan returned disappointing results showing the cancer had still spread, but Allie bravely opted for a second round.
“In true fighting spirit she opted for the most aggressive form of chemo which could have had a 70 percent chance of shrinking the tumour and she went through a full cycle with that so was very, very ill”, Annalies said.
She added: “She’d never put anything in her body before, she’d never had any toxins and the chemo just took it out of her and then, at the end of that, she had a CT scan and found that it had made no difference anyway and the cancer had spread, so there was no point her continuing with it.”
Allie will find out at the end of this month if this round of chemotherapy has worked to help shrink the tumour or not, but Annalies said that it has been devastating dealing with so much bad news.
She said: “What’s really hard is that she’s a positive person, she is a fighter and it’s emotionally difficult because every time we went to the consultant it was never good news, it was always the worst-case scenario so it was just blow after blow.”
Annalies is now going to be trying to help raise some funds of her own, by running the equivalent of a marathon over the course of four days, around her local area in south Sheffield.
Although the chances of Allie living are now “very slim,” Annalies, of Sheffield, says she’s desperate for her mum to stay alive to see her beloved granddaughter turn 10.
She said: “”We set up the GoFundMe to help raise funds to help my mum live that little bit further. She has expressed a desire to make it to my daughter’s 10th birthday in five years time, just because she thinks that at five-years-old you’re not going to remember much and at the moment they absolutely adore each other.”