Doctor Tells Woman Bump On Nose is Cancer. Woman Knows Rescue Dog Saved Her Life


There are complexities of the human mind and body that even the most talented scientists have not been able to fully understand. Dogs, though not scientists or even humans, often have a unique ability to sense human emotions and conditions.

Lauren Gauthier adopted a rescue dog, Victoria, from Magic’s Mission Beagle and Hound Rescue. Victoria may have just one eye but she also had lifesaving insight into Gauthier’s unknown health condition.

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The pair had a close bond in the eight months following the dog’s adoption. Victoria detected Gauthier’s varying emotional states including those of stress and sadness.

While a dog’s ability to sense human emotions is impressive, Victoria had detection skills beyond the scope that any of us likely possess. Gauthier had what she assumed was a scratch on her nose.

She didn’t pay any attention to the tiny bump until her rescue dog wouldn’t let her ignore it. Gauthier finally decided to make a doctor’s appointment after Victoria seemed to be insisting something was wrong.

“She started smelling a specific area of my nose to the extent that she would actually touch her nose to mine where the cancer is and lean back and look at me and smell it again and look at me. It was very odd and she kept doing it repeatedly and I thought that that was a little bit unusual for her to do,” Gauthier told Inside Edition.

The bump on her nose turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. She believes her weekly habit of using tanning beds as a teen contributed to the skin cancer diagnosis.

In November 2017, Gauthier underwent Mohs surgery. She has documented her experience of healing post surgery on Instagram.

She explained that the surgery was successful with “clean margins in only one pass.” Not everyone is as fortunate to have early detection like Gauthier, so she hopes people use her as an example of the danger that tanning booths or long-term sun exposure pose.

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One of the very lives that Gauthier has dedicated her life to saving ended up saving her life. The early detection, thanks to Victoria, led Gauthier down the road of recovery before the cancer had a chance to spread.

She shared with Love What Matters, “What is particularly rewarding is that I adopted her through the rescue that I founded, (Magic’s Mission Beagle & Hound Rescue, Inc.) and devote much of my life to saving hounds who have been abused or neglected. It seems Victoria and her keen skills are the way that the hounds decided to give back to me.”

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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