At 24, life was near perfect for Dawn Weston.
She was young, beautiful, in love and planning her upcoming wedding with her fiancé, Dan. But the British beauty’s life changed forever back in December 2012 when she experienced excruciating back pain.
Dawn and Dan (Photo Credit: Courtesy of JustGiving.com/Marie-Weston1)
She did what any normal woman would do: Dawn booked a visit with her gynecologist to check it out.
The doctor denied her a pap smear (a test given to check if there is cervical cancer in women) because she was not yet 25, the minimum age to have the procedure in Britain.
She visited several doctors before insisting on having the test. But it was too late. The worst was confirmed — she had cervical cancer.
A few months later she underwent treatment, including internal and external radiotherapy. In September 2013, she was given the all clear, but during a routine check-up just two months later, the cancer had returned in full force and in December, she was told it was terminal.
Dawn in treatment (Photo Credits: Courtesy of JustGiving.com/Marie-Weston1)
While all of this had been going on, Dawn and Dan were planning their wedding. The couple had planned to say “I do” this past July, but hastily moved it to January. They were able to organize their magical day in just five weeks.
Dawn and Dan on their wedding day (Photo Credit: Courtesy of JustGiving.com/Marie-Weston1)
Sadly, Dawn passed away just four months later on May 22, 2014, leaving her young widower without his true love. But Dan is determined that her death won't be in vain and is doing everything in his power to lower the minimum age for testing in the U.K.
“When Dawn began complaining of crippling back pain in 2013, she went to the doctors, but she was never offered a smear test, because at 24 she was too young,” he said.
“Before she was diagnosed, she was crying she was in so much pain with her back. It took weeks before she had a smear test and by then it was too late.”
To learn more and help Dan’s cause, visit Dawn’s Just Giving page, set up by her mother, Marie Weston.
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