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Heartbreaking pictures show devastating transformation of mum-of-five who died after being ravaged by pancreatic cancer.
Just three years ago, Jeannette Nutley didn’t have a care in the world as she posed for a holiday snap while on a trip with her partner, Graham.
But when the mum-of-five started to suffer with severe stomach pains just months after the photograph was taken, her health began to deteriorate rapidly.
Jeannette and her family began to research her symptoms, convinced she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Doctors didn’t agree, and despite multiple appointments, Jeannette, from Bedford, was reassured time and time again that she did not have the serious illness.
But when excruciating stomach pains stopped her from eating – and caused her weight to plummet from 10st to just 6st, her family knew something was seriously wrong.
Just three years after her symptoms first appeared, Jeannette sadly died after receiving a terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Her family are now trying to raise awareness of the devastating effects of pancreatic cancer, using heartbreaking pictures of Jeanette which show just how quickly the disease ravaged her body.
Jeannette’s son, Joe Nutley, 23, from Basildon, said: “It started around two years ago, when mum was 55.
“She had come back from America, where she had gone for her sister’s funeral after she also died from cancer, when she started to complain of bad pains in her stomach.
“She went to hospital several times, and they reassured us time and time again that it wasn’t cancer.”
Joe added: “But the symptoms weren’t getting any better, even she underwent surgery more than once, and followed recommended dietary changes.
“Mum was struggling to eat because of how excruciating the pains in her stomach had become. In fact, they were so bad that she developed a phobia of eating and the weight start dropping off her so quickly.
“Before the illness, she was so healthy. She weighed around 10st. But before she died she was just less than 6st.
“When the doctors eventually found the cancer, it was far too late, the disease was so advanced.”
Jeannette, who was a carer until her illness forced her to stop working, was given a terminal diagnosis and told she had just six to 12 months to live.
The hospital offered Jeannette an option of a trial chemotherapy treatment in an attempt to slow the cancer’s devastating effect.
Joe said: “Unfortunately, she was so weak, it [the treatment] ultimately reduced her life further.”
Jeannette passed away on November 28, aged 58, just three years after her stomach pains started.
Joe said: “In such a short time, she had gone from a healthy woman to looking like an 80-year-old.
“It was devastating.”
On Facebook, her partner of eight years, Graham Fidgeon, posted two pictures of Jeannette side by side showing just how devastating the illness can be when it takes hold.
He wrote: “Her whole being was ravaged by pancreatic cancer.”
Her family have now set up a Just Giving page in her memory, in a bid to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
Joe added: “We want to raise awareness about how the symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be something as simple as stomach pain.
“We want people to know how awful this disease is, in the hope that they might push for a diagnosis for their doctor and catch the cancer earlier, giving any future victims the chance my mother never had.
“If mum’s cancer had been diagnosed when she first fell ill, she would probably still be with us today.”
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