A mommy blogger who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer despite never having smoked has died aged 36.
Her husband Kyle shared a heartbreaking update on Tuesday to reveal that the mom-of-two had passed away.
He gave a tearful tribute to his ‘beautiful angel’ and said she was the ‘most perfect person’ he had ever known.
Mommy blogger Jenny Appleford, from California, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer despite never having smoked, has died aged 36
Her husband Kyle shared a heartbreaking update on Tuesday to reveal that the mom-of-two had passed away
‘This is just an update to let you know that Jenny our beautiful, beautiful girl, our beautiful angel, has become an angel,’ Kyle said.
He shared that Jenny passed away on November 5 at exactly 5 o’clock which was ‘pretty fitting’ because ‘she was always big into signs and numbers.’
‘Jenny’s earthly body is gone but as many of you know her soul and her spirit will live on in all of us forever.
‘She got to come home, she got to be with her kids, she got what she wanted at the end.
‘She was only in the hospice for less than a week. It feels like forever but it was a short time.
The devoted husband explained: ‘She was ready to go. Her poor body couldn’t fight anymore – let me redirect that – her poor body went through enough.
‘Jenny always told me that she was going to be excited for one thing when she passed.
‘She used to tell me I want to let everyone know that I didn’t lose any battle, I didn’t lose the fight, I didn’t lose anything. I beat cancer.’
He shared a tearful tribute to his ‘beautiful angel’ and said she was the ‘most perfect person’ he had ever known
Jenny was diagnosed with Stage IIIA non-smoking lung cancer and began various treatments including rounds of chemotherapy, chest radiation sessions and immunotherapy
Throughout her medical journey, Jenny has been documenting her progress to a dedicated YouTube channel ‘as a sort of video diary’ for her family
He continued: ‘She used to say when I’m gone and my heart is no longer beating that cancer will not be able to survive.
‘The cancer needs a body to thrive on and now hers is gone, the cancer is dead, she finally beat it.’
Reflecting on how her death has impacted the family, he said: ‘These last few days have been very, very empty.
‘Although our house is full with many people who are supporting and helping us… it’s very nice but it sure feels empty here.’
Fighting back tears, he said: ‘I miss my wife so much. I miss my wife.
‘I’m going to have to learn a lot about this process – life after loss.
‘Right now it doesn’t feel possible, it doesn’t feel real. I feel the heaviest feeling I’ve ever felt, I feel sick to my stomach.’
Kyle added: ‘We made her as comfortable as ever. There was a lot of peace in her body, in her face, just very peaceful.
‘Then we all said goodbye…
‘The kids are really struggling as am I… I really, really find myself breaking down a lot. I feel so empty. I feel lost.’
The mom-of-two asked Kyle to continue the process even after her death to give insight into the grieving process
He concluded: ‘Jenny is the most beautiful person I’ve ever known.
‘She’s the most perfect person I’ve ever known and I talked to her the whole last day and I whispered in her ear many times thank you – thank you for loving me, thank you for guiding me, thank you for giving me my beautiful children.
‘I just couldn’t think of anything else but to say thank you because she did so much for us.
What is adenocarcinoma lung cancer?
Adenocarcinomas start in the cells that would normally secrete substances such as mucus.
It is the most common type of lung cancer seen in people who don’t smoke.
It is more common in women than in men, and it is more likely to occur in younger people than other types of lung cancer.
Adenocarcinoma is usually found in the outer parts of the lung and is more likely to be found before it has spread.
‘She loved being a mom so much.’
He added: ‘In true Jenny fashion, she passed with so much beauty, so much kindness, she was so sweet.’
Earlier this year, the mother-of-two heartbreakingly revealed that doctors had told her she had just six to nine months left after being diagnosed with lung cancer – despite having never smoked – that spread to her brain.
She and Kyle were left ‘sick to their stomach’ in having to break the news to their young children – and previously took to the YouTube channel to reveal how they did it.
In 2021, Jenny had been suffering with rib pain that would not get better which later progressed to shortness of breath.
Following a scan, the then 33-year-old was diagnosed with Stage IIIA non-smoking lung cancer – also known as adenocarcinoma lung cancer – and began various treatments including rounds of chemotherapy, chest radiation sessions and immunotherapy.
But Jenny was later told the cancer had spread to her brain, lymph nodes and the lining of her lung.
Her diagnosis then changed to stage 4 cancer, meaning treatment was ‘no longer curative and moves to a focus on quality versus quantity of life.’
Throughout her medical journey, Jenny documented her progress to a dedicated YouTube channel ‘as a sort of video diary’ for her family.
The mom-of-two asked Kyle to continue the process even after her death to give insight into the grieving process.