Siberian Husky Saved Owner's Life With Her Keen Sense Of Smell.
Stephanie knew better than to ignore Sierra's messages, so she decided to seek a second opinion about her condition.
"To see her become so afraid was spooky in its own right. So I made an appointment with a gynecologist and in a matter of weeks and some blood work with an ultrasound, on 11-11-13 I was sitting in the gynecology oncologist room in shock that I had cancer," said Stephanie.
Unfortunately, Sierra was right on the nose about what was going on in Stephanie's body.
Stephanie was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer, which is a life-threatening diagnosis. Stephanie was immediately given a hysterectomy and she had her spleen removed, as well. Then, in April of 2014, she started chemotherapy.
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Sierra has not only found cancer in Stephanie one time, but three times. She's also identified it another people!
Sierra behaved that way when a family friend with a known case of cancer spent some time at Stephanie's house. She also reacted that way when a new worker showed up to work on Stephanie's kitchen remodel. Knowing Sierra typically acted that way, Stephanie and her husband called the worker's boss to explain to them what Sierra had indicated.
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Even though Stephanie is now cancer-free, Sierra is still extremely protective of her mom.
Sierra still becomes anxious when Stephanie has to attend her regular appointments at the cancer center, so Stephanie has learned to change her clothes so Sierra can't smell the hospital. And despite the fact the Sierra always tries to stay between Stephanie and the front door, she still loves playing with her tennis balls, taking walks, and going for car rides.
Stephanie has had to fight off cancer three times, but it certainly hasn't dampened her spirit and she's unbelievably grateful for Sierra's good sense of smell.
"I owe my life to that dog. She's really been a godsend to me. She has never been wrong," said Stephanie. "There are things that are coming out new every day. That's how I live my life. I'm going to do the best thing I can do at the time until the next best thing comes along."
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