Mum Sophie Potter, 24, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, first spotted two-year-old daughter Florence’s tummy had a hard spot back in mid-August – but said medics first suggested it was probably just constipation
A brave toddler is undergoing cancer treatment after what doctors thought was constipation turned out to be a fast-growing tumour in her belly.
Mum Sophie Potter, 24, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, first spotted two-year-old daughter Florence’s tummy had a hard spot back in mid-August – but said medics first suggested it was probably just constipation.
Tests later showed that the lump appeared to be a cancerous tumour in her daughter’s stomach, Leicestershire Live reports.
For the past four weeks, Sophie and Florence have been at Leicester Royal Infirmary where Florence has been getting chemotherapy and undergoing various other tests to find out more about the tumour.
Sophie said: “Doctors and my friends all said it was probably constipation but it didn’t seem to get better so we were advised to go to the paediatric A&E department at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
“Over just 10 days the tumour grew from about 12cm to about 17cm – I could feel it growing in her tummy.
“I want other parents to know that this can happen – it’s such a fast-growing cancer. It’s terrifying.”
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She said she struggled to cope when the doctors first told her they thought her daughter has cancer.
She said: “When they told me I just broke down crying. I couldn’t take it in so I asked the consultant to talk to my mum about it – I couldn’t talk.
“Florence is petrified. She’s been hiding under her covers in the bed in hospital, not wanting to know anyone.
“It’s changed our lives completely – she had nursery, her music classes and swimming and had been about to start dance classes.
“And we were always out and about, going to the park to feed the ducks and things like that.
“But we’ve been isolated in a ward for the past four weeks. We got to go home for just one night during that time.
“She’s been having lots of tests – they still don’t know for sure what the tumour is attached to and where it’s growing from.
“She’s about to start her second course of chemo and the chemo will continue for at least eight months. Hopefully by then they will be able to remove it with surgery or lasers.
“It’s already shrunk a bit. But even if it goes it will always be a worry that one day it will come back again.”
Sophie said Florence loved swimming and having baths but will be unable to during her chemo because she has a Hickman line going into her chest for the drugs.
Sophie has set up a GoFundMe page to raise £5,000 to buy Florence a water-tight drysuit so she can enjoy water again.
To visit the fundraising page click here.