Health

Woman Credits Cat With Detecting Her Cancer

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Sue McKenzie and TomSue McKenzie and Tom

Sue McKenzie, 64, of Scunthorpe, England, thought something was wrong with her 4-year-old cat, Tom, when he wouldn’t leave her alone.

"I took him to the vets thinking there was something wrong with him, but he was fine and the vet said he might be trying to tell me something,” McKenzie told the Sunthorpe Telegraph.

Shortly thereafter, McKenzie found a lump in her neck. In August 2014, she diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a blood cancer which develops in the lymph nodes. After six rounds of chemotherapy, she was pronounced cancer-free, ITV reported.

"I suppose it's all thanks to Tom. He has saved my life in a way,” McKenzie, a grandmother of two, told ITV.

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"But he's not bothered - he's gone back to being aloof and leaving my neck very much alone.”

In an interview with the Sunthorpe Telegraph, McKenzie said she’s very attached to Tom, who was a stray before she adopted him. "I love my cat to bits and I've told people I want to be cremated together," she said.

However, thanks to Tom’s apparent cancer detecting skills, that won’t happen any time soon.

Sources: ITV, Sunthorpe Telegraph Image via Sunthorpe Telegraph