A family today paid tribute to a mum who showed “immense spirit, strength and character” while battling cancer for more than three years.
Pamela Soutter died aged just 34 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013.
The mum-of-two went through six cycles of chemotherapy and eventually had both breasts removed in a bid to stop to the disease from returning.
But she received the devastating news in February last year that the cancer had returned.
This time it was in her lungs and she had to undergo radiotherapy after it spread to her spine.
Despite her ordeal Pamela’s husband Alan said she always remained positive during her fight.
He added: “When she first got diagnosed with mets (tumours) and fractures on her spine she was more worried about whether she could take part in the Race for Life and whether she could wear heels to her sister’s hen do.”
He added: “She made everything extra special – though she has always been like that.
“After she was diagnosed as terminal it was more about the small things as her health went downhill quite quickly, so she was limited to what she could do.
“Last Halloween we had the entire house decorated like a ghost house and Christmas had to be perfect.”
Pamela, of Bridge of Don, spent her time focusing on her two young sons – Kieran, 14, and Harrison, four – and her family, sister Allana Dooley, brother Peter Murray, dad Allan Murray and mum Pat Dingley.
Alan added: “Before her diagnosis she was always social and family orientated, but she focused more on her family and making memories.”
Pat, 54, said: “She was a devoted mum and was always thinking about other people.
“She had such immense strength, spirit and character.”
Pamela was determined to make her sister’s hen do and wedding last year.
Sadly, she couldn’t attend the hen do, but this did not stop her from making it extra special for her sister.
Allana said: “Pamela organised the whole thing.
“It was fantastic – there were welcome drinks and chocolate strawberries when we arrived.”
The 32-year-old added: “She was always glamorous and loved to dress up and go out – even when she was ill.
“She was always positive, never negative.”
Following her diagnosis Pamela was dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and encouraging women to check themselves.
And she focused on raising money for charity, including CLAN Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
In total she raised around £20,000 with the support of her friends and family.
Alan said: “She was all about raising awareness because she was so young.
“She wanted people to be able to know that it could happen.
“We are so proud of the fundraising that she did.”
She was chosen to be the face of Cancer Research UK’s “Unity Bands” with her sister and supported the Feel this Moment Campaign.
It aimed to get women to become more aware of their bodies so they notice any changes with the hope cancer can be detected earlier.
And last year she was a VIP at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Aberdeen where she spoke to the crowd about the campaign.
Following the Race for Life Pamela was in Just Giving’s top 1% of fundraisers.
Alan added: “She was totally selfless – every time there was another bad blow she wouldn’t let it knock her down.
“Instead she wanted to make sure people knew about the disease.”