Mum, 29, died of cervical cancer despite doctors saying symptoms were ‘hormonal’

A young mum who was repeatedly told her cervical cancer symptoms were 'hormonal' has died aged 29.

Josephine Suffolk was misdiagnosed for nine months after first visiting her GP surgery in September 2017 complaining of abnormal bleeding.

She was finally diagnosed with the illness in June 2018.

But by that time, she was already at stage four – the most advanced level of cancer, which meant it had spread to other parts of her body.

Josephine, known as Josey, spent her final three days at Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford and sadly died on May 18.

Speaking to Kent Live in December, she explained when she first went to see the doctor, she was told it was most likely an irregular period having given birth just eight months before.

She returned to the surgery a further “four or five times” as the bleeding did not stop and was told the same thing on each occasion.

Eventually, Josey made a complaint and demanded to see another doctor who then referred her to a specialist, which is when she was finally given the devastating news.

Josey said at the time: “I did not stop bleeding. For months they just went on and said there was nothing wrong with me. I knew it was not just due to hormones. I didn't feel right.

Dionne said: "Unfortunately, Josey became very sick and was too unwell to go on the holiday with her kids.

"The cancer spread from her cervix to her lungs and then into her blood.

"But the money is still sitting there. Hopefully we can get access to it to take the children on holiday eventually.

"As a family, we would like to say thank you to all the people of Kent that put money into Josey’s fund.

"Thank you to all the wellwishers and those who offered their support."

Josey, who turned 29 just 19 days before her death, has been remembered fondly by her family.

"She was just a lovely, funny, happy girl," said Dionne.

"Josey was a wonderful, beautiful, shining light.

"A much-loved mum-of-two, daughter, granddaughter and niece who will be greatly missed."

Dionne explained that Josey was always helping to raise awareness about the dangers of cervical cancer and the importance of getting regular checks until the day she died.

She added: "She really fought an aggressive struggle but she always stayed happy.

"She herself was adamant people need to know about this.

"She was very strong on wanting to inform young girls, no matter how young they are, about it.

"That is Josey’s legacy."

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