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Mum with back pain left “hysterical” after receiving devastating diagnosis

A mum who visited her doctor after suffering from pain in her ribcage and back was left shattered after being diagnosed with an “aggressive” form of cancer.

Lyndsey Marie, from Kirby, began experiencing soreness in March which also “radiated to her back” and was initially given medication for a stomach ulcer, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 33-year-old provided a stool sample a few weeks later to test for a problem in her gut known as h.pylori which can cause ulcers, however this along with her blood tests came back clear.

However, in July Lyndsey’s conditioned worsened, and she started having other symptoms including sickness and weight loss.

She said: “Back in March I started feeling a pain in my ribcage and radiated to my back.

“It went on for a couple of months, started settling down but then started getting worse at around July and that’s when I noticed I started losing the weight and vomiting.

“Doctors examined me and were touching my stomach where it was uncomfortable and I had to give a stool sample so they tested me for a bug in my gut called h.pylori that causes stomach ulcers but that came back clear.

“I remember speaking to the doctor again because something did just not feel right.

“I thought it was something to do with my pancreas because it was in my back, but doctors assured me the inflammation markers in my blood were fine.”

Lyndsey Marie with her daughters.

Lyndsey was provided with further medication and was set up with appointments for a CT scan and endoscopy.

Doctors performed the CT scan and as Lyndsey waited for her endoscopy appointment she had to go to A&E one night due to the pain she was in.

The mum-of-two explained to the doctor what had been going on and that she had been recently for a CT scan which the doctor checked.

In a Facebook post describing her journey, Lyndsey said: “I told her I had recently had a CT scan she asked if it was at this hospital, I said yes.

“So she looks on screen there and I saw the scan and this horrible feeling came over me, it was written all over her face she told me she was just going to check something and I knew something wasn’t right.

“When she came back into the room she asked if there was anyone with me.

“It was then that I said your going to tell me I have cancer aren’t you this hot feeling went through my body I kicked my shoes and socks off my heart felt like it was going to come out my chest.

“She kept asking if I could get someone to sit with me, I was hysterical, vomiting in the sink and I rang my mum she just couldn’t believe what I was saying.

“I felt as though she grew wings and flew over the hospital she arrived so fast, that’s when we discussed what the scan had to show I was told they had found a mass tumour in my stomach and spots in my liver first thing I said was am I going to die?”

Lyndsey was then sent for an endoscopy where doctors said her stomach was clear but it was in her oesophagus.

The mum said she remained positive and “felt OK, trying to stay positive and strong for my babies and family.”

The 33-year-old then went for biopsies and she said: “That was the most scariest time because the waiting and not knowing is the scariest because you don’t what stage and you don’t know what cancer.

“And you can only hope and pray that they have caught it on time.”

Attending the appointment with her mum and stepdad, she was told by the gastroenterologist that it was an “aggressive” form of cancer.

Lyndsey added: “The three of us, my mum and stepdad we were just huddled and I felt like it was lasting forever and it was so heartbreaking.”

A few days later, Lyndsey attended an appointment through Clatterbridge Hospital where she met her oncologist who she described as “amazing”.

They discussed treatment options and the mum-of-two said that this gave her “hope”.

She said: “I can’t thank that hospital enough they made me feel so relieved, the oncologist made me feel hope and discussed my type of cancer, type of treatment and different type of hospitals like the Christie.

“All different type of things that they’re willing to try and I said you know what there is hope and they’re not just going to leave me.”

In her Facebook post, Lyndsey added: “I know it’s a aggressive cancer I can only stay positive that these treatments and trials are going to work.

“I have every hope and faith that I’m going to get through every second of this and fight this every step of the way for my babies, family and friends.”

Lyndsey is due to start chemotherapy on October 6 and also wants to share her story to raise awareness.

She said: “I want to raise awareness because the quicker you put the story out the quicker you find out the symptoms and quicker you can get the help.”

A JustGiving page has also been setup for Lyndsey and her family, where you can donate here.

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