Rescue cat detected my breast cancer, saved my life, woman says

U.S. & World

An Oregon woman says she’s alive today because her cat helped detect a lump in her breast.

Mia, a rescue cat, was in bad shape when Michelle Pearson and her husband adopted her from the Humane Society a couple of years ago.

They have never looked back.

As it turns out, Pearson said it seems like animals can sense you’re not feeling well.

Mia has been a form of therapy for Michelle as she battles breast cancer.

“I am in the middle of the fight at the time,” Pearson said.

A fight Michelle says she might have lost by now if not for Mia.

“Whatever she did was a gift,” Pearson said.

Had Mia not done what she did in June, Pearson would not have discovered cancer in her right breast as soon as she did. 

“All of a sudden out of nowhere she just got up on my chest and she sniffed that breast and then looked in my face, sniffed the spot again and looked in my face and I tried to shove her off and she came back up and just laid down on that right breast. And she looked at me like ‘I’m trying to tell you something,” Pearson said.

Afterward, her husband said he felt a lump on Michelle’s breast and told her she should see a doctor.

Days later, she learned she had breast cancer.

“Yea, you get that phone call that you’ve have cancer and I go what?!  No one in my family has had cancer,” Pearson said

Pearson had stage two breast cancer and the start of a long road of treatment and recovery.

“Because we caught this early, my prognosis is much better,” she said.

Will Pearson, her husband, said Mia is extremely special.

“We’ve always loved the cat but now the cat gets anything it wants, whatever it wants as much as it wants,” Will Pearson said.

Specially trained dogs have detected cancer in humans. Mia has no such training. 

“People look at me like I’ve never heard of that, you’re crazy,” Michelle said.

Will Pearson said he’s certain the cat was aware something was wrong with his wife.

“The cat — whether it was by chance or whether or not the cat did see something, it caused her to feel there so, in my mind the cat saved her life,” Will Pearson said.

Michelle Pearson said Mia was a godsend. 

“I tell people that I rescued her … but I felt like she rescued me.”

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