Clayton grandmother celebrates getting cancer all-clear

Dorothy Horsman with her grandson Gabriel after being given the all-clear from her cancer

Dorothy Horsman with her grandson Gabriel after being given the all-clear from her cancer

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Grandma Dorothy Horsman is celebrating the all-clear from cancer – nine years after doctors told her she had only two months to live!

Mrs Horsman’s world turned upside down when doctors told her the devastating news that there was nothing they could do to save her.

The mother-of-two, of Clayton, who found out she had cancer after discovering a tiny painful swelling in her foot, was 55 when she was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct, which had spread to her liver.

Mrs Horsman, whose daughters were aged 18 and 22 at the time, feared she would not see her girls marry – one since has and she is now also the proud grandma of four-year-old Gabriel.

Despite being distraught after the diagnosis she never gave up her faith and the day after getting the heartbreaking news her doctor called to say he might know someone who could help her.

He put her in touch with internationally-renowned liver surgery consultant, Professor Peter Lodge at Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay who carried out what was then a pioneering eight-hour operation a few days after Christmas 2005.

Her husband of 39 years, Ronny, said: “It sounds strange but the longer she was in surgery the more hope it gave us because we knew if she had only been a short time it would mean they had found the cancer to be inoperable.”

Prof Lodge said: “If Dorothy had not had the surgery it is my opinion that she may only have had a few weeks to live. At the time this was the largest liver operation I had performed.

“In fact I had to remove more than 80 per cent of Dorothy’s liver and also removed the bile duct and created a new one and took away lymph glands from around the liver to make sure we had cleared everything.”

He added: “It took myself and my surgical team beyond boundaries at that time of what had been done before. Although very rare in 2005 we are doing this type of surgery more commonly today and Leeds has an international reputation now for dealing with difficult liver tumours.”

Operating on Mrs Horsman’s rare form of cancer – a tumour called a neuroendocrine carcinoma – carried a ten per cent risk of death during the procedure, about 20 times the risk of heart surgery.

After the operation Mrs Horsman stayed in hospital for almost three months and made a steady recovery without any chemotherapy or radiography.

She said: “Prof Lodge saved my life and I can not praise him highly enough. I feel so lucky as I might not have lived to see my grandson. He brings a smile to my face every day!”

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6:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

sweetsixteen says...

This is my younger sister Do-Ellen,(our little Miracle). Please read this and pass it on to anyone you know who is going through and battling Cancer.The day we got the terrible news was 3/4 weeks before Christmas and she was more or less told to try and enjoy her Christmas with her lovely Family because there was nothing they could do for her and had given her a few weeks to live, we .were devastated. Through the weeks leading up to Christmas she did her shopping. decorations went up and she made a wonderful Christmas Dinner, she had a peace about her that helped all the family cope a little better. She never once said ,"why me" but I heard her say, "why not me". On one occasion I asked her ,"Do, where are you getting this strength and peace from?" and she said to me," There is not a thing I can do about it, but God can". and Praise his Holy Name he did. When the day came for her to go in the Docter and his team could not promise her Family much hope but one young Nurse told them "he will fight for her",( I am weeping now as I reminisce). Just before she went under Prof Lodge asked her if there was anything she needed to say or ask and she said, " .will you pray for me please," to which he answered I certainly will." God Bless this wonderful caring man and his team. Dorothy is part of a big family and we all have a strong Faith My sister was Blessed by so many family, friends and all the congregation of Times Square Church in New YORK spent hours on their knees for her. (These people did not know Dorothy but they knew her elder sister Diane) God Bless them all. I know I have gone on a bit but I just want to finish by saying to anyone who reads this ---NEVER LOOSE HOPE< TAKE IT TO JESUS and he will open doors that man shuts . AMEN Thank you Saviour , you are our ROCK.
This is my younger sister Do-Ellen,(our little Miracle). Please read this and pass it on to anyone you know who is going through and battling Cancer.The day we got the terrible news was 3/4 weeks before Christmas and she was more or less told to try and enjoy her Christmas with her lovely Family because there was nothing they could do for her and had given her a few weeks to live, we .were devastated. Through the weeks leading up to Christmas she did her shopping. decorations went up and she made a wonderful Christmas Dinner, she had a peace about her that helped all the family cope a little better. She never once said ,"why me" but I heard her say, "why not me". On one occasion I asked her ,"Do, where are you getting this strength and peace from?" and she said to me," There is not a thing I can do about it, but God can". and Praise his Holy Name he did. When the day came for her to go in the Docter and his team could not promise her Family much hope but one young Nurse told them "he will fight for her",( I am weeping now as I reminisce). Just before she went under Prof Lodge asked her if there was anything she needed to say or ask and she said, " .will you pray for me please," to which he answered I certainly will." God Bless this wonderful caring man and his team. Dorothy is part of a big family and we all have a strong Faith My sister was Blessed by so many family, friends and all the congregation of Times Square Church in New YORK spent hours on their knees for her. (These people did not know Dorothy but they knew her elder sister Diane) God Bless them all. I know I have gone on a bit but I just want to finish by saying to anyone who reads this ---NEVER LOOSE HOPE< TAKE IT TO JESUS and he will open doors that man shuts . AMEN Thank you Saviour , you are our ROCK. sweetsixteen
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