Dad given months to live after being told terminal cancer was ‘stomach bug’

Jonathan Silcock, 37, from Manchester, may have just 18 months to live after his stage four pancreatic cancer spread to his bowels and oesophagus, then his lungs

Jonathan Silcock with daughter, Rosaleah, four
Jonathan Silcock with daughter, Rosaleah, four

A dad was told by doctors he had a stomach bug which was later diagnosed as incurable cancer.

Jonathan Silcock may have just 18 months left to live, leaving behind new wife Chelsea and daughter Rosaleah, four.

The 37-year-old, from Cheetham Hill, Manchester, had to process the devastating news alone at the hospital due to Covid restrictions – and now has to be fed through a tube.

He had begun gruelling chemotherapy sessions immediately after diagnosis but these were stopped as the treatment was causing the cancer to grow, according to Jonathan, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The dad – who also has cerebral palsy – went to his GP in February after noticing he was rapidly losing weight and regularly vomiting after eating.

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Jonathan is determined to live his last months making his daughter smile


Jonathan Silcock)

Following a endoscopy and biopsy, he was told he had stage four pancreatic cancer.

“I was told it would be a few weeks before the tests came back, but it was just four days later when I got a call asking me to go in and discuss the results,” Jonathan explained.

He said on arrival he was met by two Macmillan nurses and “knew it was cancer straight away”, admitting it was a “shock”.

“I have always been in and out of hospital but I never expected the news and I immediately started worrying about what it would mean for Chelsea and Rosaleah.”

But determined not to let cancer stop him, he and Chelsea moved up their wedding and got married in June.

Weeks after the big day he was told his cancer had spread to his bowels and oesophagus, before it was also found to have reached his lungs.

This shortened his life expectancy from three years to just 18 months.

Jonathan married his long-term partner Chelsea in June


Jonathan Silcock)

The family hope to visit Disneyland


Jonathan Silcock)

Jonathan said: “I was in and out of hospital every few weeks – sadly that is all my daughter has ever known.

“But they told me the cancer was spreading and I had to come off the chemo straight away which was my only treatment option.

“I had to go home and tell all my family the news and they just kept telling me I had been through worse and could beat this.”

Jonathan said doctors told him his cancer was so aggressive, but that regular scans would monitor it.

“I asked doctors to stop telling me when it had spread because I just didn’t want to know,” he explained.

“It was just more bad news I didn’t want to deal with.”

As well as the feeding tube, Jonathan uses a wheelchair and suffers with breathlessness.

Wife Chelsea has now become his full-time carer.

Jonathan is determined to spend his remaining days making memories with his family so they can “look back and smile”.

“My daughter is only four and she has seen me go through all this. It just isn’t right,” he said.

Chelsea wants to go to Benidorm and Jonathan has promised Rosaleah they will take her to Disneyland.

“It really makes you realise how important life is and how you should always make the most of each day,” he added.

His sister-in-law Suzanne has set up a Go Fund Me page to help the family pay for lasting memories.

You can donate to it here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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