A young woman who had just recently been married died from cervical cancer after she was denied a smear test multiple times before getting treatment.
Dawn Weston, who died at age 26, was just 24 when she first visited her doctor because she was in pain. Weston had horrible back aches, but she was not allowed to get a smear test because she was “too young” for it. Patients are supposed to be at least 25 years old to receive them, according to the Daily Mail.
Weston thought that her pain might be attributable to standing all day for her hairdressing job in Eastbourne, but Dan, whom she married, pushed her to seek further medical help.
The British woman continued visiting the doctor for weeks before she was allowed to receive the test, which found that she had cancer.
Weston underwent radiation and chemotherapy, battling cancer throughout the summer after she was diagnosed. The couple thought that Weston would survive when September came, but they were told that the treatment had ultimately been unsuccessful at a meeting at the doctor’s office in November.
“Our futures had been on pause while she was battling cancer, so as soon as the results came back clear, we'd been so happy,” Dan Weston said. “Things finally seemed to be on the up.”
Doctors told Weston that it was ultimately terminal cancer.
When the couple heard the news, they decided to get married sooner and moved their wedding from July to January.
Dawn Weston died near the end of May.
Now, Dan Weston and Dawn’s family are trying to lower the age limit for women who want to be screened for cervical cancer.
“It was one of Dawn’s dying wishes that we try and get the age limit lowered to help other young women,” Dan Weston said. “She wished she had a smear test earlier and even though lowering the age wouldn’t help her, she was keen to try and help others.”
Dan Weston said that Dawn Weston wanted for positive outcomes to stem from her terminal cancer.
“That was the type of person she was, completely selfless and caring,” Weston said. “She wanted us to try and change the law and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since.”
Source: Daily Mail / Images: Twitter, Daily Mail