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Hornchurch woman turns house purple to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer

Picture: Wendy’s illuminated house.

A woman from Hornchurch has turned her house purple for pancreatic cancer awareness month, after losing her husband to the disease.

Colin Bridgen passed away aged 56 in March of this year. 

And now his wife Wendy is raising awareness of the cancer, known as a “silent killer.”

Speaking to Time 107.5, Wendy urged people to seek medical treatment if they display any symptoms, such as jaundice, abdominal pain, sudden weight loss and the loss of appetite. 

“It’s hard because a lot of the symptoms are the same or similar to other things,” Wendy said.

“He just felt a little run down, (he had) flu symptoms. We took it as man flu.

“He was tired and we put it down to extra work. He’d lost weight but we put that down to eating healthily and taking care of ourselves.”

Colin eventually sought medical care when his urine became dark brown colour.

They went to doctors who did blood tests and admitted Colin to hospital.

“Though they say we did catch it early, it still wasn’t early enough,” Wendy said. “He received chemo treatment and when that didn’t work he went onto radiotherapy. Unfortunately, that didn’t help either.”

Wendy is walking 56 miles per week to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. You can donate to her cause here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/everyone-deserves-a-fighting-chance

She also plans to fundraise for St Francis Hospice who provided end of life care for Colin.

You can hear from Wendy in the news on Time 107.5

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