A mum who spent the final years of her life fighting an aggressive form of cancer has been hailed by her loved ones as a “true warrior”.
Suzanne Crompton tragically passed away from stage three ovarian cancer in August 2021 and despite a five-year battle, her positive outlook on life never faded.
On Boxing Day in 2017 Suzanne, from Chorley, was rushed to hospital after her body rapidly swelled up. After a number of checks and tests, medics believed that she had a tumor but when she was referred to Royal Preston Hospital, it was here that she was given the devastating diagnosis.
Lancs Live reports that the days that followed after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer plummeted the mum – and grandmother – into a world of treatment and six months of endless chemotherapy sessions.
For a short while after the first six months of treatment, Suzanne appeared to be in remission but celebrations were soon halted after the vicious cancer returned two months later.
The battle continued for former landlady who once owned the Beaumont Pub in Clayton-le-Woods but with a strong support system besides her, she never allowed the diagnosis to damped her positive spirits.
Suzanne’s husband, Johnathan Crompton, 54, watched his wife go through her tremendous fight with cancer and called her a “true warrior” and one who would “never make any complaints.”
“She was incredible, absolutely incredible- she had a lust for life and decided she was doing things she’d never done,” Johnathan said.
“We went on a cruise, got married because we weren’t married at that time, music festivals, concerts she’d just packed life to the full and never once complained or moaned. She was an amazing person.”
In 2018, the couple got married but a few years later, Suzanne took a turn for the worse and made the decision to go to St Catherine’s Hospice. It was there on August 21 last year where Suzanne died and even after her death, her positive spirit remained with her family and friends.
“People are positive in difficult situations I understand that but her positivity was the biggest thing,” Johnathan said.
“She’d already written everybody a letter, her grandchildren, me, her children before she died to give them after she died. She didn’t want a funeral, she didn’t want everybody standing crying in black, she wanted a party – we had a party at St Catherine’s.”
In the last few years of her life, Suzanne found herself making a close friend with a woman called Dee. Both Suzanne and Dee’s husbands were already friends for years which is how the pair met.
Dee Moss from Bamber Bridge came into Suzanne’s life three years before her death and after “just clicking” the pair’s friendship grew strong in just a short while.
Their friendship was tested during the pandemic as with Suzanne’s diagnosis, meeting in person posed a risk so the pair only ever met a handful of times.
“We were just on the phone all the time and then before she died we’d arranged to go and have something to eat but she said she was going to go and see family,” Dee said.
“She knew she didn’t have long left. She said she wanted to go see family and I knew there was something going on and then next ting I knew she’d gone- I never did see her.”
Despite their friendship only lasting a few years, Dee says Suzanne knew she was always there for and they both were able to help with each other’s weddings.
But since losing her friend, Dee has decided to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer in Suzanne’s memory and hopes to do so though a charity head shave.
The head shave will be donated on March 26 and Dee hopes to raise £4,000 to give to the charity.
A Facebook donation page has been set up where all donations are welcome.
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