Lytham mum ‘always there for people’ dies of Covid after seven year cancer fight

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Janette Douglas was feeling better and went out on a night out to her local pub where she caught covid and died less then two weeks later

 

Janette Douglas when she ran Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research
Janette Douglas when she ran Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research (Image: Go Fund Me)

A mum who was described as ‘always there for people’ has died of Covid after fighting a seven year battle with different forms of cancer.

Mum-of-two, 54-year-old Janette Douglas, leaves behind her husband Andrew Douglas, 49, two children Ben 33, Joe 25 and her three-year-old grandson Harry.

Janette, from Lytham St Annes, fought a long and hard battle after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Her husband had cut his work down to three days a week to care for her and the couple relied on their savings to get through this hard time.

After seven years this went into remission only for the disease to return in her hip two years later.

Husband Andrew told LancsLive: “We took up walking and we used to go up into the hills and on one trip she started to get a bad hip.

“We didn’t think anything of it however when we went up Pendle Hill she had to take a crutch. Two days later she managed to take a scan and the doctor and she only had a centimetre left.

“The doctor couldn’t believe she was standing on it and she had to come off her feet straight away. She had a hip replacement however when she had the scan it also revealed it had lung cancer.

Janette with her grandson, three-year-old Harry
Janette with her grandson, three-year-old Harry (Image: Andrew Douglas)

“It was incurable but not terminal and she had treatment for it however at the start of this year she had so have a hysterectomy because they found in in her womb.

“She had hormone treatments for this and she was also diabetic. She’d been tired because of all this however when they gave her insulin she started to perk up.”

When she was feeling better, her and Andrew decided to go out to their local pub last month. However, on October 29 both of the couple were confirmed as having Covid 19.

Janette on one of her walks
Janette on one of her walks (Image: Andrew Douglas)

Six days later, Janette was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where her condition deteriorated due her vulnerability.

She sadly passed away four days later on November 8.

49-year-old Karen Leather, who has been a good friend to Janette and Andrew for many years, has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs.

She told LancsLive: “Janette was such a fighter and she had a such a long battle with cancer. She did fight it then was feeling better, went out on a night out, caught Covid and then died. I admit that I didn’t believe how severe Covid could be. I just thought that it was like the flu however part of creating the Go Fund Me campaign is to raise awareness of the fact that is it still out there.

“As Janette and Andrew had to dip into so much of their life savings we’d like the community to get together. She was always there to lend a helping hand we’d like to help the family with the funeral costs and anything else we can.”

Janette with her husband Andrew
Janette with her husband Andrew (Image: Andrew Douglas)

The amount raised so far more than £900 but the overall target is £2,000 so there is still a way to go.

Andrew said: “It’s absolutely splendid what everyone is doing for us and because I had to cut my working hours down the funds will be a big help.

“Because the cancer wasn’t terminal we fought it all the way and we did haven’t any finances to prepare for if the worst happened.

“She made the most life while she here however Covid came along and she was gone within a few days. If anyone doesn’t believe Covid is real. Go and visit a Covid ward and look at what has happened here.”

  • To donate to Karen’s fundraiser, please visit the Go Fund Me page here.