Mum beats cancer after removing deadly alien shaped tumour she thought was pre-menopause
A mum beat cancer after doctors removed a deadly ‘alien shaped’ tumour that she mistook for pre-menopause.
Jaime Nielsen-Lockhart, 41, from British Columbia, Canada, dismissed her symptoms, including, sickness and bloating, as going through ‘the change’.
It wasn’t until a year later, when she felt a large mass drop in her stomach that she had an ultrasound scan which revealed a deadly ovarian cyst.
The melon-sized mass was so heavy she felt like she was ‘pregnant’ and had to carry it while walking.
Jamie had a hysterectomy to remove the cancerous tumour and two months ago she was given the all clear. Now she shares her symptoms to warn others.
Jaime, a former office worker, said: “When I was told I had cancer I could barely believe it, it didn’t sink in until I balled my eyes out for an hour.
“At its biggest the mass was so heavy it felt like I was pregnant.
“I was in pain when standing and had to hold my stomach with two hands whenever I moved.
“After it was removed the tumour looked like a giant alien lump and was the weirdest looking thing I’ve ever seen.
“I couldn’t believe that thing was growing inside of me, I let it go on for so long and should have had gone to the doctors sooner.”
Jaime originally dismissed her bad health, believing instead that she was pre-menopausal.
She said: “For a year before my diagnosis, I was throwing up all the time and I was constantly sick.
“I was in pain, my stomach was bloated and swollen, I felt bad. It was like having my period apart from bruising on my torso that I could never explain.
“I wasn’t eating a lot so couldn’t figure out why my stomach was so large and not shrinking, but I just put it down to pre-menopause and my metabolism slowing.
“I put it down to every other explanation rather than going to the doctors.
“Until one day, when I felt something in my stomach drop, it was very weird, I knew something was wrong.
Jaime was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst on her third ultrasound, after doctors previously struggled to scan her.
She added: “I could see the worry on my doctor’s face, she sent me for another ultrasound and when scanning my upper-abdomen they realised there was a large tumour pushing my ureter.”
By the time the tumour was removed it had grown into a whopping 20 x 10-inch mass.
She had a full total abdominal hysterectomy in a bid to stop the deadly cells from spreading and is now highlighting symptoms of ovarian cancer she suffered with to warn others.
Jaime said: “When I was told I was cancer free I went numb, I couldn’t believe it and started crying, it didn’t seem real that it was finally over.
“It was the scariest thing I’ve been through in my entire life, even though I’m cancer-free now, it took a while to sink in it seemed to be over too easily.
“I was so lucky, I didn’t need to have chemotherapy or other treatment and things could have gotten a lot worse.
“I advise anyone with any concerns to go and get them checked out immediately, it’s better to be safe than sorry, this is your life and you have to take your health seriously.”
Jaime, who is a single mum, has been fundraising to help pay-off her medical expenses and has sold most of her belongings to help her move closer to her son Jacob, 15, who lives 70.6 miles away.
She said: “Being a single mom I had no one to rely on or to help me financially, so I have struggled to pay-off my medical expenses.
“Cancer changed my mind about a lot of things, my life flashed before me and I realised I’d been cherishing all the wrong things in my life.
“Since battling a deadly cancer, I know I need to be with my son, so I’m also fundraising to move closer to him, life is way too short not to be with the people you love.”
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