This is a tribute to Pat Jennings who was one of the first members of the Cornwall Bowel Cancer Support Group.
Sadly Pat passed away on Friday 13th July 2018 after a nine year battle with this hideous disease.
I met Pat at our very first get together, a coffee morning on 26th February 2014 at the Knowledge Spa at Treliske. I first met her husband Phil who introduced me to Pat, and I immediately fell in love with her, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Pat was charismatic and so easy to talk to, informative and inspirational. This was a week before I was due to go to Derriford for my liver resection on 6th March 2014, and Pat gave me such reassurance.
We went on to meet regularly at our social get togethers at the Probus village hall, Pat was renowned for her mouth watering baking that she would bring along for all to share. Pat was a committee member and at one point our secretary until she was just too unwell to continue, it was common place that after each committee meeting we would meet up at the County Arms with Jim Cofer for lunch.
The last time we were together with Pat and Phil was in March when together again with Jim, we met up at the Paris Hotel at Coverack for lunch and had a wonderful time.
Pat was diagnosed nine years ago and given just six months to live, however, Pat was having none of that, and through her sheer determination, her positivety, her jest for life, and her love for Phil her family and her numerous friends she would fight this with all her might, which she certainly did.
Pat was everything that our support group stands for, she inspired everyone, she supported everyone and she always put others before herself.
Pat will always be loved, she will always be missed and she will never be forgotten.
A song by Tina Turner springs to mind " Simply the Best "
For those that know me will know how passionate I am with regards to our support group, and Pat's passing is like the cornerstone of our support group subsiding.
However, we will continue to go from strength to strength, because Pat would want nothing less.
from George and Margaret.
RIP Lovely Lady and Precious Friend xx
Please do not be alarmed by this tribute to Pat in any way, that is certainly not my intention. Just because you may have been diagnosed with cancer does not mean you are going to die, nothing could be further from the truth. We have a lot of members within our support group that have been cancer free for a number of years. I myself am eight years post surgery for bowel cancer, and well over four years clear after a liver resection. I am 70 years of age and I've recently put a new roof on my double garage and I tend to a rather large garden as well as being a full time carer for my dear Margaret who has Vascular Dementia.
So stay positive, and to quote Sir Winston Churchill " If you're going through hell, keep going."