I was diagnosed with deadly cancer- here the 8 deadly symptoms you should know

A YOUNG mum had her life turned on its head after a shocking cancer diagnosis left her with lifechanging complications.

Brooke Gold, 36, had always been vigilant when it came to getting pap smears until a few delayed check-ups left her fighting for her life.

Brooke's life was turned upside down when a shock cervical cancer diagnoses.

Brooke’s life was turned upside down when a shock cervical cancer diagnoses.信用: Instagram/@beyakwe
The young mum only decided to go and get seen when she started to experience  spotting between her periods

The young mum only decided to go and get seen when she started to experience spotting between her periods信用: Instagram/@beyakwe
Brooke has always maintained a fit and healthy lifestyle, eats well and goes to the gym often.

Brooke has always maintained a fit and healthy lifestyle, eats well and goes to the gym often.信用: Instagram/@beyakwe

The mum-of-one had put off some smears over the past five years due to a busy lifestyle and a fear of the result due to a family history of 癌症.

She only decided to go and get seen when she started to experience spotting between her periods.

可悲的是, the delayed smear revealed she had a four centimetre growth on her cervix and was was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer 十一月 2020.

If she had pushed back her check-up just one more month, doctors said she’d most likely be dead.

Brooke said that doctors had attempted surgery to save her fertility but couldn’t proceed because the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes.

This means that the cancer had spread from her cervix to other areas of her body.

自从, the young HR manager has been on anemotional and physical rollercoasterduring treatment.

Despite now being cancer free, the mum said shestruggles everydaywith issues related to her cancer.

Brooke was left with awful side effects including ahole” 在她的 bladder from radiotherapy.

My family and I were told they were not sure if they could save my life at this point as it was advanced.

They removed some lymph nodes and stitched me back up,” Brooke told FEMAIL in an exclusive interview.

The mum remained in hospital for a few weeks then started chemotherapy and radiation.

She then had three weeks of internal radiationwhich damaged her ovaries.

Having the radiation also meant to lost her fertility and was left withsevere radiation damage”, including constant pelvic pain, discomfort and menopause.

If I had of gone sooner for my pap smear, or if doctors told me when I was having symptoms that I needed a pap smear, I could have avoided cancer and losing my fertility,” Brooke said.

I have a lot of radiation damage aside from just my ovaries ‘dying’ – I have severe burns inside my pelvis and a hole in my bladder from radiation.

Everywhere I turn, my friends are having 婴儿 and Jones [她的丈夫] and I now need a surrogate to have ours,” 她说.

I’ve needed to have six weeks of hyperbaric oxygen everyday to see if that helps the dead tissue heal and whilst this helped some of the inflammation, it did not close the hole or fix the damage.

As for the surrogacy process itself, the couple only have two embryos from the [object Window] which were removed before Brooke’s initial surgery.

这 12 symptoms of cervical cancer

There are no obvious symptoms during the early stages of cervical cancerthat’s why it’s best to keep up with your smears when reminded by your GP

然而, here are some indicators that something could be lurking:

1. Abnormal bleeding

2. Pain and discomfort during sex

3. Unusual or unpleasant vaginal discharge

4. Pain in your lower back or pelvis

And if it spreads to other organs, the signs can include:

5. Pain in your lower back or pelvis

6. Severe pain in your side or back caused by your kidneys

7. Constipation

8. Peeing or pooing more than usual

9. Losing control of your bladder or bowels

10, Blood in your pee

11. Swelling in one or both legs

12. Severe vaginal bleeding

I feel sad about it (surrogacy) but happy we have this kind of technology and option available,” 她说.

It costs over $200,000 USD (close to £184 520 GBP) so it’s not cheap and the process is very very complex.

The huge bill includes the surrogacy agency fee to pay the surrogate and for all associated costs with IVF process.

在英国, you cannot pay a surrogateexcept for their reasonable expenses, such as healthcare.

The young mum is also dealing with early menopauseanother result of the damaging radiation.

Doctors said Ihad the most amount of radiation humanly possible without it killing someone”, Brooke claims.

Now doctors have told Brooke she is ‘cured of cancerbut requires full body scans every three months for the next five years to make sure there is no recurrence.

But just because treatment has finished doesn’t mean the battle is over.

They don’t tell you that when cancer treatments finish, it isn’t the end of the fight and in some ways,” 她说.

“最后 12 months since treatment finished has been just as hard, if not harder than the treatment itself.

I feel like I am only just now processing the fact I had cancer and almost died.

One more month and maybe they wouldn’t have been able to save my life,” 她补充说.

Now Brooke is making it her mission to combat the cancer and raise awareness on social media.

She has always maintained a fit and healthy lifestyle, eats well and goes to the gym often.

She is forever grateful for her family and Jones for supporting her during the entire ordeal.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is defined as when the disease starts in the neck of the womb, otherwise known as the cervix.

之间 2016-2018 有 3,197 new cases – 和 854 死亡人数, which means its the most common form of the disease in women under 35.

一般来说, it’s caused by persistent infections with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is contracted through sex.

谢天谢地, most young women in the UK are now immunised against it, although boys aren’t.

Two strains of the HPV virus (HPV 16 and HPV 18) are known to be responsible for most cases, but most women who have them don’t develop cervical cancer.

How can I screen for cervical cancer?

Cervical screenings, or smear tests, are a preventative swab used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix – the entrance to the womb from the vagina.

Detecting these cells and then removing them can prevent cervical cancer. It’s not a test for cervical cancer itself.

Most women’s results show everything is totally normal – the test picks up abnormalities in around one in 20 女性.

Cervical screening is carried out under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, which was introduced in the 1980s.

Every woman over the age of 25 who has a GP is invited for screening – and it doesn’t matter if you’re sexually active or not.

It is possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, but it’s extremely rare in women under 25.

If a sample tests positive for high-risk HPV, cells will then be analysed for abnormalities.

If abnormalities are detected, a woman will be referred for a colposcopy for further analysis.

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If diagnosed, how is the disease treated?

The type of treatment depends on the stage and severity of each case, but there are several ways to treat cervical cancer.

经常, it’s possible to have surgery without undergoing a hysterectomy (the removal of the womb) although this is a rather routine procedure.

或者, radiotherapy is a common option for those with early stages of the disease.

同时, those with more serious cases may need both surgery and radiotherapy, plus additional chemotherapy.

What are the odds of overcoming cervical cancer?

幸运的是, the condition is almost completely preventable and can be forecast with regular smear tests.

和, even if youor a loved oneis diagnosed, it has an average survival rate of 51 百分, according to a the stats from 2013-2017 在英国.

For women who have stage 1 of the disease, survival for more than five years can be 99 百分.

For stage 2, that becomes 60-90 百分, while stage 3 是 30-50 百分.

Those with stage 4 cervical cancer have a one-in-five chance of combating the illness and living more than half a decade.

Brooke was left her with a hole in her bladder, infertile and thrown into early menopause

Brooke was left her with a hole in her bladder, infertile and thrown into early menopause信用: Instagram/@beyakwe