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Husband’s heartache after ‘soulmate’ lost her battle with cancer at just 40

The family of the late Susan Dunn (nee Ashby), who was cared for by Hartlepool and District Hospice, has made a donation to the Wells Avenue facility. Pictured, from left, are Tracy Dixon, Susan's sister, Michael Dunn, Susan's husband, Hospice fundraiser Anne Gladwin and Susan's dad David Ashby.

The family of the late Susan Dunn (nee Ashby), who was cared for by Hartlepool and District Hospice, has made a donation to the Wells Avenue facility. Pictured, from left, are Tracy Dixon, Susan's sister, Michael Dunn, Susan's husband, Hospice fundraiser Anne Gladwin and Susan's dad David Ashby.

A HUSBAND who planned a lifetime of happiness with his “soulmate” has spoken of his heartache after the love of his life lost her brave cancer fight aged just 40.

Susan Dunn died last month after medics told her there was no more they could do to treat her ovarian cancer.

Her grieving husband Michael remembers the night he was introduced to Susan through mutual friends in 2010, and recalls going home that night and telling his mam he had met the girl he was going to marry.

He kept his word and the couple tied the knot in July 2012.

But cruelly, just seven months later Susan was told she had ovarian cancer which had also spread to her diaphragm and stomach.

She was put on courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but in June 2013, halfway through the treatment, doctors said they could do no more and told Susan and her family that she had no longer than three to six months.

Susan, a former Brierton School pupil, worked as a travel agent for Dawson & Sanderson in Hartlepool town centre before taking ill.

Michael, who took a year off work from his job as a sales executive to give his beloved wife round-the-clock care at their home in Seaton Carew, said: “It was devastating to hear that news.

“She had previously had treatment for cervical cancer in 2010, so to be told she had it again was heartbreaking.

“We got married two years after we met, we were so much in love.

“We were soulmates, and we were grateful for every day we spent together. She was an extraordinary person,

“We had so much planned, our whole future, before all this happened. I miss her so much.”

Michael and Susan, mum to 21-year-old David and Ryan, 19, from a previous relationship, spent every moment they could together by booking weekends away and mini-breaks whenever she was well enough.

Michael added: “All in all, we must have spent about three months in hotel rooms.

“Susan just wanted to make the most of the time she had left. She loved the Lake District, we spent a lot of time there.

“We just used to jump in the car and get away.

“Last July the whole of the family went to Minorca, that was our last time abroad.”

As Susan’s illness took its toll, she was a regular visitor to Hartlepool & District Hospice and when she knew she was reaching the end, she told Michael and her family she did not want to die in hospital but would rather be in the hospice.

She got her final wish and passed away on May 29.

“She was brave to the end, and she never gave up,” said Michael.

“When we brought her to the hospice from hospital, the doctors at North Tees said she might not survive the journey.

“A day later she was sat up in bed, laughing and joking. It was like a sense of relief to her that she was at the Hospice.

“The treatment she went through took everything away, but it couldn’t take away her sense of humour.”

 

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