Dad suffering from ‘stomach bug’ diagnosed with terminal cancer aged 37

A dad from Manchester has been told his cancer is incurable – less than a year after visiting the doctors complaining of a stomach bug.

Jonathan Silcock, 37, from Cheetham Hill, may now have just 18 months left to live beside new bride Chelsea and his daughter Rosaleah, 4.

He went to doctors in February this year after he noticed he was losing weight and started vomiting after eating.

Following a endoscopy and biopsy, he was handed the devastating news he actually had stage four pancreatic cancer.

“I had been losing weight and feeling really unwell. Every time I would eat a meal, I would be sick.”

“I went to the doctors who referred me to the hospital in February this year, where they performed an endoscopy and a biopsy.

“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.

“It was during tough Covid restrictions so I had to go on my own, and when I arrived there were two Macmillan nurses there waiting.

“I just knew it was cancer straight away.

“It came as such 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.”

Determined to not let the cancer stop him, he still said “I do” to the love of his life Chelsea on June 2, just a few short months after receiving the news.

But weeks after tying the knot, Jonathan, who also lives with cerebral palsy after being born four months premature, was told that his cancer had spread to his bowels and oesophagus.

He has had to rely on a feeding tube to be able to eat ever since.

And in a recent follow-up hospital appointment, the dad-of-one was told the growth has continued to spread to his lungs.

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

It is these precious months that he says he is now determined to create ‘lasting memories’ beside wife Chelsea and four-year-old daughter Rosaleah.