Victoria fights to raise cancer awareness

Victoria Poole, who has been raising awareness about pancreatic cancer ahead of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.
Victoria Poole, who has been raising awareness about pancreatic cancer ahead of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.

Scarva native Victoria Poole has joined the campaign against cancer after losing someone very special to the disease.

Victoria lost her nanny to pancreatic cancer last year and, since then, she has set her sights on raising awareness about the illness.

“Like so many other people with the disease, my nanny, Isobel Turner, had been suffering from abdominal pain for a few months two years ago and had lost some weight,” Victoria explained.

Isobel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late November, 2013, but by that stage the cancer was too advanced for her to begin chemotherapy.

“I’ve never experienced first-hand anyone being diagnosed with cancer, so it really hit me when I heard the news,” the twenty-four year old shared. “Her health began to deteriorate and I realised that this was not going to go away.”

Sadly, Isobel passed away last June, just seven months after her diagnosis. Now, Victoria is being fuelled by their many happy memories to help others who find themselves in the same situation.

“I am extremely passionate about campaigning to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer and work on a voluntary basis alongside Pancreatic Cancer UK to help avoid others tragically lose people they love,” said Victoria, who works as a PR and Public Affairs consultant in Belfast. “Every year in Northern Ireland there will be over 200 people diagnosed with the disease which is alarming. If I can help just one person by sharing my nanny’s story and help to save other families from the heartache of losing a loved one.”

Victoria is especially keen to boost awareness of the disease as November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM).

“As part of PCAM I along with others are supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK in helping them to illuminate as many buildings as I can here in Northern Ireland in purple lights. By lighting a venue/landmark in purple they are helping to put a spotlight on pancreatic cancer and to highlight a disease that many people still know so little about.”

Visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk for further info.