In June 2013, Liam Crossley and his fiancee, Lucy, were saving up to get married and Lucy had just landed her dream job. Then, she began to notice something was wrong.
The then-27-year-old started developing a severe itch, but she had no rash or hives to show for it.
“She was in London training for her new job and called me to tell me about it,” Liam told the Daily Mail. “She was not one to make a fuss, so I knew it must be bad.”
When Lucy went to the medical center, she was told she could have scabies and was given lotion to treat it. This was reportedly no help and Lucy continued scratching herself so hard that she made her skin bleed.
Lucy’s own physician prescribed her with antihistamines in case she was having an allergic reaction. She went back to the physician three times before she was referred for an ultrasound.
It wasn't until August 2013, when Lucy was given liver functions tests, that they discovered the true cause of her discomfort.
She had a tumor growing in a bile duct in her liver.
“The moment they told us she had cancer, she broke down,” Liam said.
In October 2013, Lucy began chemotherapy to treat the cancer.
A year later, in October 2014, Lucy and Liam were married while Lucy was in the middle of a round of treatment.
“She didn’t even look ill,” Liam said. “She was the most beautiful bride. She didn’t feel as if there was anything wrong with her.”
Two days before Christmas 2014, Lucy fainted and was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. She was bleeding internally because the tumor was putting pressure on a vein in her liver. The couple was told there was nothing that could be done to stop the cancer from continuing to grow.
On Feb. 20, 2015, Lucy passed away at the age of 29.
“No one can really empathize -- but I wouldn’t want people to feel the way I feel,” Liam said.
The heartbroken husband says that he wants to share his and Lucy’s story to help others prevent the disease.
“I just want greater awareness of this disease and to prevent any more people suffering the way Lucy and I did,” he said.
More information about the rare cancer can be found at AMMF.org.uk.