Mature woman after chemotherapy in clinic
Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
May 30, 2024 ·  4 min read

‘I found a lump in my breast – doctors gave me two weeks to live’ Dying Mother Left in Agony In Final Days After Cancer Diagnosis

Jeanette Carter is a mom and grandmother from Tamworth Staffordshire in England. Sadly, she was given only a few weeks to live after a cancer diagnosis. She had no signs until she found a lump in her breast in January 2024. Sadly, the cancer had spread, and although she began chemotherapy, doctors warned her family that she wouldn’t have long to live.

Jeanette Carter Makes Heartbreaking Discovery

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Jeanette Carter is a mother and grandmother who worked with people with autism and those with disabilities. On January 23, she noticed a lump on her breast and went in to be seen. Sadly, her CT scans showed that the cancer had traveled and was now in her breast, lungs, stomach, and spine.

Jeanette Carter Has Another Incident

Hospital room.
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On March 5th, Jeanette Carter began chemotherapy. However, after only a few weeks, she was rushed to the hospital, unable to breathe as her heart rate spiked. She was put on Oxygen and examined. Medics found that the tumor had grown and was now crushing her windpipe, causing fluid to gather around her lung.

Breast Cancer Warnings

Young woman doing breast self-examination
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Many signs may be cause for concern, but it’s important to note that someone can have cancer without having symptoms, so regardless of your family’s medical history, it’s a good idea to check in from time to time. Women are urged to get regular mammograms by age 40. However, women with cancer in their family medical history are urged to be seen as early as their 30s. Either way, cancer can be aggressive and, as many know, life-threatening. Here are some signs to be aware of regarding breast cancer:

  • The size or shape of the breast noticeably changes
  • The skin changes, becoming dimpled or “looks like an orange peel
  • A rash or redness around the nipple
  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Bumps around the breast or armpit
  • An area of skin that feels different from the rest of the breast area
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Scaley or crusting area around the nipples, nipple discharge
  • Changes in skin tone, becoming pink, red, or purple.

Not Much Time

Hospital ward hallway. Sunlight shining in through windows.
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According to Jeanette Carter’s family, medical professionals informed them that the chemotherapy was unlikely to help, and the family should do what they could to prepare, including pushing up her birthday party. Her 50th birthday was April 27th, and the family hoped to celebrate. However, her husband, 53-year-old Darren Carter, was told to celebrate early as there was no certainty regarding her condition. “It has been an absolute nightmare, the worst nightmare I’ve ever been through.” He said regarding his wife’s condition.

Darren Comments

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I’m coping and trying to stay strong. Jeanette is having a very rapid decline. The doctor told us on Monday (April 22) that it was a matter of days or weeks.” He explained. “They’ve upped her medication and told us that we need to move her birthday party closer as she’ll be too tired to realize who is there by Sunday, April 28.”

Jeanette Carter met Darren in 2010 on a dating site and were married four years later. She has a daughter and a grandson named Codey. Meanwhile, Darren has two children from a prior relationship. “She is so fun, loving, and family-orientated. She’d do anything for her daughter and my children as well. She’s taken my children as her own and adores her grandson, Codey.” Darren said. He started a GoFundMe page to help the family cover medical and living costs as he’s not working, in addition to covering the funeral costs. He also noted that anything leftover would be donated to the hospital where Jeanette Carter received treatment.

GoFundMe

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The GoFundMe created by Darren has a goal of £10,000 and has managed to raise over £8,000. Donations are still coming in, with some as recent as four days ago, and the goal has been surpassed. “Your support means more than words can express. Thank you for standing alongside us.” Darren shared on the page. Sadly, Jeanette Carter passed away on MAY 1st, 2024. However, she did get to celebrate her 50th birthday before her passing.

Reminding Others

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A heartbreaking tale like this offers a few reminders to others that there are people in this world who will step up to help in times of crisis. A reminder to frequently check in with health care providers to detect diseases or conditions as early as possible. Lastly, the future isn’t certain, so people must spend time doing the things they love with the people they love, making the most out of every day.

Read More: If You Notice Any of These 7 Signs, Don’t Ignore Them- They Could Be Early Signs of Breast Cancer

Sources

  1. Breast Cancer.” Mayo Clinic.
  2. Beloved mum told she has two weeks to live after finding lump three months ago.Birmingham Live. Isabelle Bates April 26, 2024.
  3. I found a lump in my breast – doctors gave me two weeks to live: Dying mother, 50, is left in agony in her final days after heartbreaking cancer diagnosis.Daily Mail. Emily Stearn and Tracey Kandhola. April 30, 2024.