My dog saved my life when cancer struck

My dog saved my life when cancer struck

When Sky kept repeatedly jumping on and pawing at her chest, Lena Roberts didn’t understand why she was behaving so erratically.

A week later she developed a pain in her left breast and decided to go to the doctors.

They discovered she was suffering from an aggressive form of breast cancer which would have killed her if she had not been treated quickly.

Mrs Roberts, 53, who lives with husband Phillip, 55, in Church Stretton, Shropshire, said: “There is no doubt Sky has saved my life. Without her persistently pawing at my chest, I would have never imagined anything was wrong.

“Thanks to her I was diagnosed very early and doctors have managed to treat me. They told me if I’d left it any longer then it would have been a completely different story. I feel very lucky to still be here, and its all thanks to Sky.”

Mrs Roberts was lying in bed each morning when one-year-old Sky started jumping on her in May last year.

She said: “She did it every morning for about a week. It was never the right side, it was always on my left side. After she had been doing it for about a week, I noticed I had a pain in my left breast and it felt tender.

“It was only because Sky had drawn my attention to it, that it worried me. I felt around, and could feel a definite lump there. So I decided to get it checked out.”

Mrs Roberts’ GP initially said they didn’t think it was anything serious, but would send her for a mammogram just to make sure.

But a week later, the results came and she was sent for a biopsy which showed she was suffering from pernicious triple negative breast cancer.

She said: “I was shocked when I got the result. I couldn’t believe it. I told the consultant about Sky pawing at my breast before my diagnosis and I expected him to think I was crazy. But the consultant had said he had heard of similar cases. It was as though she knew the cancer was there before anyone, before I’d had pain or felt a lump.”

Following surgery and courses of chemo and radiotherapy, Mrs Roberts is now in remission.

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