Remembering Alison Thomson

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About Alison Thomson

  • Died on: 15/03/2018

  • Lived in: Upton, Birkenhead, Wirral, UK

Amount we’ve raised in Alison’s memory $1,595.36

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  • Alison-Elizabeth-Thomson

    Rob's Story

    ALISON THOMSON

    Alison  passed away aged 54 years on 15March 2018. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2017. She leaves a
    husband Rob, daughter Sophie aged 25 and son George, aged 20.

    After working in banking, Alison decided to change career. She graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Occupational Therapy and started work at Wigan Social Services. She loved her job, working with people in the community and helping those with medical needs. 

    We had been married for 30 years. With our children grown up and starting to forge their own lives, we were enjoying spending more time together and looking forward to the future.

    I had joined the Merseyside Police when I was 16 and served for 32 years, dealing with many horrific incidents including murder, drugs and road traffic accidents. I have seen and dealt with things that were terrible and shocking.

    But nothing we had ever done or experienced in our lives so far, could have prepared us for what we faced dealing with pancreatic cancer.

    It is described as the “silent killer” and generally shows no real symptoms until it has reached an advanced state where it has spread to other organs. It usually kills within months, as it did with Alison.

    Even when she did show late stage symptoms; abdominal pain, weight loss, bowel problems, unexpectedly developing diabetes – these were not picked up by the GP or diabetes clinic as being a red flag for further investigation. She had no tests or scans.

    She was given pain killers and laxatives, which didn’t help, and ended up being rushed into hospital in agony, in July 2017. By the time she was finally diagnosed the cancer had spread from her pancreas to her liver and lymph nodes and was terminal.

    The journey we had can only be described as heart breaking. She had nine sessions of chemotherapy which caused numerous distressing side effects and she lost a great deal of weight.

    She was on a mountain of medication which, as her carer, with no experience, had to manage on a daily basis.  We did our best, but we had no help, no support at all. Seeing her suffer was terrible to witness for me and our children; we felt completely helpless.  

    The pain she endured near impossible to manage at home, so in December 2017 she was admitted to the Clatterbridge Hospital under the care of the Palliative Pain team. 

    Alison tried to remain positive throughout her illness. But I had done some research and knew how aggressive pancreatic cancer is. I didn’t want to believe it, but I knew deep down that she would never recover and feared the worst was around the corner. I also wondered how I would cope over the coming months, and how we would cope without
    her.

    Alison came home but it was a constant battle to control the pain and the after-effects of the chemotherapy drugs.  She was also still losing weight and eating less and less.

    She got worse and was admitted to the Clatterbridge Hospital again in March 2018. She never came home. On 15 March she died in my arms with all her family around her.

    So many things could have - and should have - been done better. Nothing will bring Alison back and I am not looking to blame anyone. I just want to make sure that no other families go through what we went through.

    Alison was seen by a number of GPs and at the diabetic clinic. No-one looked at all her symptoms together, no-one investigated her symptoms further. All they did was prescribe pain killers and
    laxatives.

    I want to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms and try and get GPs and other medical teams to do more in looking into the signs sending people for blood tests, scans and to look into the onset of diabetes in later life. I also want to raise funds for research to find a way of diagnosing this  deadly cancer earlier.

    I will eventually write a book, because Alison kept a diary of all her thoughts and events this may help people in the future.

    This JustGiving page has been started in Alison’s memory to raise awareness and fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, a charity dedicated to improving the survival rate of pancreatic cancer
    patients by researching new treatments and ways to diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier.
     

    SYMPTOM AWARENESS

    Pancreatic cancer does not have very specific symptoms, which is why it is often misdiagnosed as less lethal conditions. 
    Symptoms can vary depending on where the tumour is on the pancreas. But if you have combinations of the following you should contact your GP.

    The most common symptoms

    Upper abdominal pain which radiates around the back

    Painless jaundice and/or very itchy skin

    Significant weight loss

    Other potential symptoms

    New onset diabetes (not associated with weight gain)

    Pale, oily stools

    Indigestion not eased by medication

    Nausea or vomiting

    Severe fatigue

    Loss of appetite


    So much progress has been made in improving the survival of many cancers, and this is great news. But pancreatic cancer’s survival rate is the lowest of all common cancers and the survival rate has barely improved in the past 40 years.

    Fewer than 5 out of every 100 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for 5 years or more. The average time from diagnosis to death is 6 months. BE SYMPTOM AWARE.


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Donations made in memory of Alison Thomson59

  • Donation by ruth harterto Ronnie's page on 22/08/2019

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Lucy Tillingto Ronnie's page on 18/03/2019

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Lisa Gardinerto Ronnie's page on 05/03/2019

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Bernadette Masonto Ronnie's page on 02/03/2019

  • Donation by Jillian Saundersto Ronnie's page on 02/03/2019

    Well done Alyson. Jx

    £5.00

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  • Donation by Chris Robertsto Ronnie's page on 01/03/2019

    Great cause. Well done hun xx

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Denise Gillto Ronnie's page on 07/02/2019

    Horrible disease. Definitely needs more awareness.

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Paul Wearto Ronnie's page on 04/02/2019

    I'd like to support this worthy cause that my pal's wife Alyson Roberts told me about. Good luck with your "fast" during Feb Alsyon, and all the best with getting donations to this worthy cause.

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Alyson Robertsto Ronnie's page on 04/02/2019

    Hoping to raise some money through sponsorship for a sugar free February and an active March. Alison was such a great girl. Best wishes to the family Alyson Roberts Uni pal xxx

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Rachel Phillipsto Ronnie's page on 27/11/2018

    Donating in memory of Alison instead of sending Christmas cards this year xx

    £12.00

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  • Donation by Kim Aitkento Ronnie's page on 20/11/2018

    Miss u Ali xx

    £40.00

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  • Donation by Claire Rushtonto Ronnie's page on 03/11/2018

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Lena Gibsonto Ronnie's page on 03/11/2018

    So enjoyed today's walk in memory of Alison, a really special lady, who's very much missed x

    £30.00

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  • Donation by Nicola Martyniakto Ronnie's page on 03/11/2018

    So sorry to hear of this sad news. I worked with Alison at Wigan Council and she was always smiling, a very friendly and funny lady. Sending her family lots of love xxx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Katy Banksto Ronnie's page on 03/11/2018

    Ali was a great friend, taken too soon. She is always in my thoughts and sorely missed.

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Sue Richardsto Ronnie's page on 02/11/2018

    Will be thinking of you all tomorrow.... Alison will live on in the hearts of everyone she knew x

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Francesca Deakinto Ronnie's page on 02/11/2018

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Rebecca Williamsto Ronnie's page on 30/10/2018

    Miss you Ali, never far from my thoughts xx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Angelique Aitkento Ronnie's page on 30/10/2018

    Good luck to all taking part and helping Alisons story be heard xx

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Linda Fishto Ronnie's page on 30/10/2018

    Good luck Kim, great cause xx

    £10.00

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  • Donation by tanya tomlinsonto Ronnie's page on 29/10/2018

    Miss you alli T #teamtommo

  • Donation by Helen Robinsonto Ronnie's page on 29/10/2018

    Lovely, warm, witty lady, a travesty. X

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Suzanne Martinto Ronnie's page on 26/10/2018

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Angela Almondto Ronnie's page on 23/10/2018

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Andrea Careyto Ronnie's page on 23/10/2018

    You’re so loved and so very missed missed Ali. Hopefully the money raised will help towards finding a cure for this horrible disease. x x x

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Lisa Boothroydto Ronnie's page on 23/10/2018

    I wish you all the success in your endeavour Ronnie. I worked along side Alison who was an amazing lady and not only a colleague but a friend. Thoughts are with you all xx

    £10.00

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  • Donation by Jodie Rogersto Ronnie's page on 23/10/2018

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  • Donation by Lindsay Turnerto Ronnie's page on 19/10/2018

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  • Donation by Joanne Beattieto Ronnie's page on 18/10/2018

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  • Donation by Heather WINTERBOTTOMto Ronnie's page on 18/10/2018

    Too many lovely people lost to cancer, we absolutely need more research into prevention.

  • Donation by Rachel Phillipsto Ronnie's page on 31/07/2018

    I've only just heard about the death of this lovely, lovely lady. I was George's reception teacher and Ali was a fantastic parent helper in my class. I'd like to send my condolences and love to all x

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  • Donation by Ann Packardto Ronnie's page on 25/07/2018

    Thank you Rob for everything you are doing to raise awareness of this awful condition, your wife will look on and be so proud of you.

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  • Donation by Peter Farringtonto Ronnie's page on 02/07/2018

    This story is a tragedy. Hopefully Rob’s campaign can save somebody else from the same fate. I wish you every success.

    £100.00

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  • Donation by Kath Adamsto Ronnie's page on 26/06/2018

    So sorry to hear of your loss Robbie but thank you for your courage in raising awareness

    £30.00

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  • Donation by Ralph Edwardsto Ronnie's page on 17/06/2018

    Alison was a true fighter and an example to me. She is sadly missed.

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  • Donation by Dave Dyerto Ronnie's page on 16/06/2018

    Only met Alison once, she was a lovely cheerful lady. This illness needs a lot more research so other women don't have the same pain and distress that Alison went through. Doctors have lots to learn

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  • Donation by Karen Rooneyto Ronnie's page on 13/06/2018

    Well done on the awareness raising Rob

    £30.00

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  • Donation by Tracey Falshawto Ronnie's page on 03/06/2018

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  • Donation by Karen and Marty xto Ronnie's page on 03/06/2018

    Always remembered with a smile 💜xx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Alyson Robertsto Ronnie's page on 01/06/2018

    One of the best!! Wishing Rob, Sophie and George success in raising awareness and funding research xxx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Anonymousto Ronnie's page on 31/05/2018

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  • Donation by Kay Nolanto Ronnie's page on 30/05/2018

    Loved the bike ride on Monday, thanks for letting us be part of it, love to you all, Steve & Kay x

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  • Donation by Samantha Wardto Ronnie's page on 30/05/2018

    I am so sorry to hear what had happened xx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Jessica Wardto Ronnie's page on 30/05/2018

    I'm so sorry to read what happened ❤️😢 Amazing what you are all doing to raise awareness.

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  • Donation by Karen Gunnto Ronnie's page on 29/05/2018

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  • Donation by Heather Neillansto Ronnie's page on 29/05/2018

    Such an amazing thing you’re doing raising awareness. So sorry you and your family have had to go through all this xxx

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Paul Molyneuxto Ronnie's page on 29/05/2018

  • Donation by Emma Wheeldonto Ronnie's page on 28/05/2018

    Well done for raising awareness. Lots of Love xx

    £10.00

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  • Donation by graeme Cheethamto Ronnie's page on 28/05/2018

    Missed every day Love Jen & Graeme xxx

    £50.00

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  • Donation by Anonymousto Ronnie's page on 28/05/2018

    Well done everyone. Great idea

  • Donation by Robert Dunneto Ronnie's page on 27/05/2018

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  • Donation by Madeleine Wardto Ronnie's page on 26/05/2018

    Such a sad story . Sadly didn't know Alison but know Rob and hope this helps get meassage across.

  • Donation by Ronnie Johnsonto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

    Rest in Peace Alison x

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Rehana Fennerto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

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  • Donation by Theresa Wimseyto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

    Hope this small donation helps x

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Paul Lewisto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

    Remembering Alison

    £50.00

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  • Donation by Annemarie Jonesto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

    Well done for raising awareness. Alison was such a lovely lady

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Gilly Ormeto Ronnie's page on 25/05/2018

    In memory of my lovely friend ❤️

    £20.00

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  • Donation by Alan Mullinsto Ronnie's page on 24/05/2018

    A great cause in memory of a truly wonderful lady. xx

    £10.00

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Charities we're helping 1

  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

    Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

    Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is the only national charity dedicated solely to beating pancreatic cancer through research. Survival rates are low, so new research is vital. In the past, this cancer received little attention. With your help, we can change this so more people beat pancreatic cancer.

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