DESPITE being diagnosed with cancer three times, Claudie Reed is determined to not let it beat her.
The 61-year-old has survived two diagnoses of pancreatic cancer and also cancer around her bile duct.
Now she wants to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer to ensure people catch the disease early.
Claudie, of Hazleton Way, Horndean, said: ‘I was extremely lucky.
‘To catch pancreatic cancer so early is usually unheard of.’
The cancer was first discovered in 1996, when Claudie went for an operation to remove a benign cyst on her liver.
And during the procedure, surgeons spotted what they suspected to be a tumour on the pancreas.
As a safety measure they decided to remove the tail of Claudie’s pancreas – which tests later found to be cancerous.
‘I was fortunate this operation came at such a crucial time,’ added Claudie.
‘When I first found out I was scared.
‘But then I thought “I won’t let it have the better of me”.’
Things didn’t stop there for Claudie.
In 2003 she developed diabetes, as the rest of her pancreas had failed due to a new cancer.
It resulted in Claudie having all of her pancreas removed.
Then in 2006 Claudie experienced problems such as high fevers and jaundice.
Further tests revealed a cancer had formed around the bile duct.
She has been fitted with a tube which drains out excess bile.
Her husband Nigel, 60, has been trained to flush the tube every two days and apply dressing.
After radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Claudie now has her condition under control and can lead a near-normal life.
‘I would urge anyone who thinks there might be a problem to visit their GP as soon as they can.’
To get more information visit pancreaticcancer.org.uk.