KEN'S STORY OF HOPE
My name is Ken Mansbridge. I have been a farmer all my life working 7 days a week to build up our farm. Apart from back troubles when I was in my thirties I have been in good health. Then in the second half of 2008 I just had the odd day not feeling quite ok with two times shivering and violent sickness. Soon after I woke to find my feet had turned yellow. I made an appointment with my GP who sent me to Dorchester A&E where I was admitted thinking I had a bowel problem, given a scan and sent home. I was then called back a few days later for an endoscopy and to have a stent fitted.Then on the 5 January I was called back to be told I had a growth on my pancreas which could possibly be removed by surgery. I would be referred to Southampton and should expect a 3 or 4 week wait.
I got a big surprise when I was called to attend Southampton Hospital on the 8 January to have scans and meet Mr Hilal. He said I would have to have an MRI scan before he could decide what the appropriate action was.
I had the MRI scan on the 21 January followed by a phone call on the 22nd to say if I could be there by 3 o’clock they had a slot for the next day.
This didn’t give me much time to worry about it. I was put to sleep and awoke
mid-afternoon with pipes going in all directions. When my son came to see me he wanted to see my scar and was most impressed that I was held together by 43 clips.
The first week in hospital was a bit of a struggle. Then I started to walk the corridors with trolley and drips until on the 7 February all pipes were removed and I was
This was not a success as I could not keep any food down. I was admitted back into hospital for three days. After a scan and an endoscopy I was discharged with Mr Hilal saying “you will be alright”.
The next month I continued to improve but with the odd sickness which I still get now if I overeat. It took about three months to sort myself out and get back to work and a normal life lifting bags of feed etc.
We were told that the Whipples procedure I had can lead to diabetes. This caught up with me in 2015 along with prostate cancer. However, maintaining a strict diet and 7 weeks of radiotherapy I am hopefully cancer free and back to pre-diabetes.
So there is light at the end of the tunnel as I head towards my 80th birthday and almost 10 years since my operation I am looking forward to the years ahead. Thanks to Mr Hilal and his team.