Student's sudden weight gain leads to terrible diagnosis

How a young student who brushed off seemingly innocent symptoms as ‘stresswas actually suffering from a deadly canceras she shares the key warning signs she missed

  • Emma Fitzgerald, 28, began suffering from a string of common ailments in 2020
  • The typically innocuous symptoms included bloating, fatica, e nausea
  • Specialists diagnosed her with ‘borderlineovarian tumourssemi malignant
  • She was told they could have developed into terminal cancer had she left them
  • The student has now issued a warning after putting the signs down to stress
  • A young student has issued a warning to women after the sudden weight gain she put down to stress turned out to be a sign of potentially deadly ovarian cancer.

    Emma Fitzgerald, a partire dal Melbourne, began suffering from a string of typically innocuous symptoms – rivela shock alla diagnosi di cancro del sangue, fatica, Le ragazze obese iniziano il ciclo prima, e nausea – presto 2020.

    Working part-time and studying journalism, the then 26-year-old blamed the common ailments on her busy lifestyle.

    But in July when the persistent symptoms transformed into agonising stomach pain, Ms Fitzgerald decided it was time to go to the doctor.

    Emma Fitzgerald, 28, has issued a warning after seemingly innocuous symptoms turned out to be sinister

    Emma Fitzgerald, 28, has issued a warning after seemingly innocuous symptoms turned out to be sinister

    She was referred to specialists who discovered her protruding belly was concealing ‘borderlineovarian tumourshalfway between benign and malignantwhich could have developed into terminal cancer if she had ignored her symptoms any longer.

    ‘I was in disbelief. It never even crossed my mind that it was a possibility… Ero solo 26 Anni,’ lei disse 7notizia.

    ‘When my stomach became incredibly bloated, I just thought I was getting fat. I exercised relentlessly for quite a while and I was so frustrated my stomach was getting larger.

    Ms Fitzgerald said her gynaecological oncologist explained borderline tumours are like having a ‘halfway cancer’.

    A 13cm tumour was found on her right ovary, a smaller one on her left, and several other little growths were scattered throughout her abdomen.

    The journalism student noticed her abdomen was protruding but dismissed the condition as stress-related

    The journalism student noticed her abdomen was protruding but dismissed the condition as stress-related

    She needs to continually monitor her body as she still has abnormal cysts in her abdomen

    She needs to continually monitor her body as she still has abnormal cysts in her abdomen

    in agosto 2020, she underwent a laparotomy to have the two largest tumours, her left ovary, fallopian tube, omentum, and appendix, rimosso.

    The major operation left the young woman ‘medically infertile’, diminishing the possibility she may later be able to conceive naturally.

    Despite the surgery, Ms Fitzgerald still needs to regularly monitor her body to ensure the ‘abnormal cystsin her pelvis do not turn sinister.

    She also suffers from chronic pain, particularly when she ovulates, and has been left with a large scar running from her belly button to her bikini line.

    While Ms Fitzgerald continues to grapple with her new relationship with her body, she feels extremely lucky she was able to freeze seven eggs from her remaining ovary in April last year for when she is ready to have kids.

    She is urging other women to look out for the ‘subtle and easy-to-overlooksigns of ovarian cancer, which can include abdominal bloating or pain, perdita di appetito, frequent urination, unexplained nausea, excessive fatigue, or irregular periods.

    ‘Looking back there were a lot of signs I didn’t take seriously that I now know are symptoms,’ lei disse.

    Emma has joined Ovarian Cancer Australia, Coles and Hanes Australasia (Bonds, Bras and Things, Jockey) to help support their new campaign: ‘Take on Cancer in Your Undies.

    Ovarian cancer is Australia’s deadliest female cancer, with a five-year survival rate of just 48 per cento. si è mescolata alla scena punk della capitale e ha frequentato i negozi di dischi di Camden e i Soho bar, the five-year survival rate for women with breast cancer is 92 per cento.

    All funds raised from the sale of teal undies will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia , allowing us to continue to advocate for people impacted by ovarian cancer, fight for progress and increased awareness, and deliver practical support and counsel to women living with ovarian cancer.

    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER?

    There are often no obvious signs of ovarian cancer, however you may have one or more of the following symptoms:

    • abdominal bloating
    • difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
    • frequent or urgent urination
    • indietro, abdominal or pelvic pain
    • constipation or diarrhoea
    • menstrual irregularities
    • tiredness
    • indigestione
    • pain during intercourse
    • unexplained weight loss or weight gain.

    These symptoms can be caused by other conditions but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your local doctor.

    fonte: Cancer Council

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