A Berkhamsted resident who was given just three months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is supporting a campaign to fund life-saving research.
Jenny Oldfield was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer last year and despite her initial prognosis is responding well to chemotherapy and using her time to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The charity’s new campaign, Unite-Diagnose-Save-Lives, hopes to fund research to provide early diagnosis which could be life-saving for many.
Speaking to BERKHAMSTEDNEWS, Jenny who had to give up the business she had run for 20 years after her diagnosis, said it’s important to raise awareness of the symptoms.
She said: “I’ve worked really hard my whole life and had to close a business I’ve worked all my life for.
“When they say there’s absolutely nothing they can do it really comes out of the blue, I’m really lucky that I’m still here and am responding really well to chemotherapy.
“If someone was diagnosed at stage one, two or three, they can have an operation to deal with the cancer.
“Scientists are 95 per cent of the way to getting an early diagnosis test by they need funding.”
Jenny has raised more than £24,000 so far for Pancreatic Cancer UK and is also fundraising for Berkhamsted-based Hospice of St Francis who has been a lifeline to her.
She said: “They have been amazing, when get a diagnosis like this you can’t get your head round it.
“I’ve been really supported by the hospice and wellbeing team about how to look after ourselves and get our reads round it.”
You can donate to Jenny’s fundraising here.
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