Jeanette Scully spent months in agonizing pain, going to dozens of appointments before finally being diagnosed with the rare cancer that claimed her life. Though her husband is doubtlessly grieving for her, their dog is missing her more than anyone could imagine. He has cried for her every night since she died last August.
Though Jeanette was initially diagnosed with fibroids, the UK woman’s doctors struggled to diagnose her correctly after 58 appointments.
“Jeanette was going backwards and forwards to different medical appointments,” husband David explained to the Daily Mail. “Jeanette would scream so loud she sounded like a fan at a football match. It was awful. She would say, ‘I know it’s not fibroids. David, please help me.’”
She found herself in an ambulance because of one episode, and was sent home with painkillers. Their Collie-Alsatian mix Jerry knew it was serious. He would always sniff at Jeanette’s abdomen, where she felt excruciating pain. Since 2012, she also suffered from rectal bleeding and back, hip, and thigh pain.
“She was in so much pain that she would be physically sick when she went to the toilet. She would fall on the floor and I would pick her up. It broke my heart.”
In May of 2015, David took her to a walk-in clinic, and at the sight of Jeanette, a nurse broke down in tears. The next day she went to a hospital, where a CT dye scan revealed that she had a tumor that started in her uterus and spread throughout her abdomen. But by then it was too late for anything to be done.
“By the time we knew about the cancer it was too late. The cancer was at a stage where they couldn’t do anything to save her or prolong her life. All of her insides were fused together.
“Jeanette never wanted to know how long she had left. She was hoping she would have another year.