A Beverley mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days after being told she was pregnant has sadly died, aged 33.
Jenni McCarthy from Lockwood Drive, Molescroft, Beverley died on 28th January after losing her fight with the disease just 14 months after being diagnosed. She leaves behind two young children – Alfie, 8, Lottie, 9 months and partner John Thompson.
Jenni’s mum, Razelle Shayler, said: “Jennie was a beautiful woman taken so young and will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was an amazing mum and everyone thought a lot about her and loved her.
“Jenni was a fighter; she battled to the end and she never gave up hope of trying to beat the disease and of making people aware.
“She was already raising money in the fight against cancer before being diagnosed, having run the Race For Life in the summer of 2016.”
Jenni, who worked at Greenwood Surgery, went through chemotherapy and had a mastectomy whilst pregnant and then had baby Lottie induced two months early so she could receive more aggressive treatment.
In December 2016, Jenni held a fundraising event called ‘Get Your Wig On’, as she looked to raise £1,000 for a wig she would need to wear once her chemotherapy treatment started.
Such was the success of the event, Jenni covered the cost and managed to donate over £5,000 to Cancer Research UK. Her mum said: “Just about every business in Beverley made a donation, it was amazing, and says a lot about how loved she was.”
A Facebook page has recently been set up called ‘Remembering Jenni McCarthy’.
Jenni’s family would like to thank Castle Hill Hospital, all the nurses, the palliative care nurses and the Macmillan nurses for their care and help during Jenni’s battle.
Jenni’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 21st February at Haltemprice Crematorium at 11.30am.
All donations will go to Castle Hill’s Queen Centre, Ward 32
Jenni’s mum has made an appeal to women of all ages to check regularly for lumps
Razelle said: “Jenni found a very small lump, and following a biopsy, she was told she had Triple A Negative, which is a more rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, which then spread to her major organs and all her lymph nodes
“I would, and I know Jennie would, like to send out a message about telling people to go to the doctors and get checked out, however minor it may seem.
“Please, please, please check yourself and if you have a lump get it checked. It’s really important, Jenni had the smallest of lumps.”
“Everyone, no matter your age, young or old, should regularly check for lumps. You must go.
“Jenni was unfortunate as it was a very aggressive form, but for most, if you have a hormone-related breast cancer, the earlier you are seen, the earlier you can be treated and the better the chances of survival.