Mum who was told she Irritable Bowel Syndrome eventually diagnosed with terminal cancer

A man who tragically lost his mother to cancer after she was initially misdiagnosed is remembering her in a special way.

Simon Greenfield, 47, lost his mother Susan Greenfield, 62, to bowel and liver cancer in September 2019.

She had initially been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in 2016 before it was confirmed that she had bowel and liver cancer in October 2018, Grimsby Live writes.

Simon, from Grimsby, was left heartbroken when she passed away.

He said: “It was an overwhelming experience to lose my mum.

Simon Greenfield, Susan’s son, will be undertaking a 62 mile run to commemorate her legacy

“It was like having your heart ripped out. I just didn’t know how to get through it.

“She was such a kind and loving person. Her passing really affected our family.

“I remember being sat in the waiting room and was hoping to see her again before she had her operation to remove the cancer from her liver.

“We were told that the liver never fully recovered unfortunately. All her organs had shut down.

“We hadn’t expected her to die so quickly.”

Susan passed away on Monday, September 30 2019 in Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.

She had only been diagnosed with cancer in October 2018 – just under a year before.

He says that she had been misdiagnosed two years prior to her passing.

Simon said: “Mum was actually diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome two years before her diagnosis but then we were told it was cancer.

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Susan Greenwood passed away at Queens Medical Center in Nottingham from bowel and liver cancer
Susan Greenwood passed away at Queens Medical Center in Nottingham from bowel and liver cancer

“Had she been diagnosed earlier, she might still be here today. It had spread too far from the bowel into the liver.

“It was difficult to take. But you have to keep moving forward and that’s what mum would have wanted.”

Despite her misdiagnosis, Simon remembers how kind and resilient his mother was despite the pain she went through.

He told Grimsby Live: “She was so positive. Mum was such a caring woman and always put the thoughts of everyone else before her own.

“She had extensive chemotherapy and she would be in a lot of pain.

“But she carried on and still went to work. Everyone in Louth loved her too.

“She would do anything for anybody. They say the good ones are taken too soon and that was the case with my mum.

“But my mum was always so upbeat and she kept on working until her very last day.

“Mum was taken too soon. She was a one in a million mum if not the best mum you could ask for.”

Cancer runs in Simon’s family and so he goes for regular check ups.

But he tries not to worry about it and says he ‘wants to get on with life’ and make the most of the now.

The 47 year-old will be undertaking a 62 mile challenge for Cancer Research to commemorate the age his mother passed away from the illness.

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Simon told Grimsby Live: “This is why I’m determined to get on the road and perform this 62 mile marathon for mum in one day.

“Running has really helped me a lot to deal with the grief. Whenever I go running, I feel she is by my side and cheering me on.

“She would be so proud. The challenge is going to be difficult but I’m determined to do it for mum and the training has gone well so far.

“I’ve set a target of £2,000 and I’ve managed to reach £1,000 with sponsors so far.

“The amount of people who have been affected by cancer is unbelievable.

“Anything I can do to help people going through what my mum went through would be a real honor.”

Simon will start his run on Saturday, March 27 at 5am.

You can support Simon’s challenge for Cancer Research here.

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George Holan

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

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