A mother who had chest and back pain was diagnosed with an “aggressive” form of cancer.
Lyndsey Marie, from Kirkby, said she started feeling the pain in March, which also “radiated into her back” and was initially treated for a stomach ulcer.
The 33-year-old said a few weeks later after seeing the doctor again she also had to give a stool sample to test for a bug in her bowel called h.pylori that causes stomach ulcers and blood tests, but everyone got along return .
In July, Lyndsey had more symptoms and said she was vomiting and losing weight.
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Speaking to ECHO, she said: “In March I began to feel pain in my chest and it was radiating into my back.
“It took a few months, started to calm down, but then it got worse around July and that’s when I realized I was losing weight and vomiting.
“Doctors examined me and touched 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 up.
“I remember speaking to the doctor again because something just didn’t feel right.
“I thought it had something to do with my pancreas because it was in my back, but the doctors assured me that the markers of inflammation in my blood were fine.”
Lyndsey was given additional medication and appointments for a CT scan and endoscopy.
(Image: Lyndsey Marie)
Doctors performed the CT scan and while waiting for her endoscopy appointment Lyndsey had to go to the emergency room one night because of the pain she was in.
The mother of two explained to the doctor what was going on and that she had recently been for a CT scan, which the doctor checked.
In a Facebook post describing her journey, Lyndsey said, “I told her I recently had a CT scan that asked her if she was in this hospital, I said yes.
“So she looks at the screen there and I saw the scan and this horrible feeling came over me, it was written on her face, she told me she was just checking something and I knew something was wrong.
“When she came back into the room, she asked if anyone was with me.
“So I said you’d tell me I had cancer, didn’t you, this hot feeling went through my body, I kicked my shoes and socks out of my heart as if it was coming out of my chest.
“She kept asking if I could get someone to sit down next to me, I was hysterical, vomited in the sink and I called my mom, she just couldn’t believe what I was saying.
“I felt like her wings were growing and she was flying over the hospital when she got there so quickly we discussed what the scan had to show am I going to die?”
Lyndsey was then taken for an endoscopy, where doctors said her stomach was clear, but it was in her esophagus.
The mother said she stayed positive and “felt okay by trying to stay positive and strong for my babies and family”.
The 33-year-old then went for biopsies and said, “That was the scariest time because waiting and not knowing is the scariest, because you don’t know what stage and you don’t know what cancer you have .
“And you can only hope and pray that you got it in time.”
The gastroenterologist told her that it was an “aggressive” form of cancer.
Speaking to ECHO, Lyndsey described her shock: “The three of us, my mom and my stepfather, we were just huddled together and I felt like it was going to take forever and it was so heartbreaking.”
A few days later, Lyndsey attended an appointment at Clatterbridge Hospital where she met her oncologist, whom she described as “amazing”.
They discussed treatment options and the mother of two said it gave her “hope”.
She said, “I can’t thank this hospital enough for making me so much easier, the oncologist gave me hope and talked about my cancer type, type of treatment and different types of hospitals like the Christie.
“All different kinds of things that they are willing to try and I said you know what hope is there and they will not just leave me.”
On her Facebook post, Lyndsey added, “I know this is an aggressive cancer and I can only hope to remain positive that these treatments and studies will work.
“I have the hope and the belief that I will get through every second of it and fight every step for my babies, family and friends.”
Lyndsey is due to start chemotherapy on October 6 and is also keen to share her story to help raise awareness.
She said, “I want to raise awareness because the sooner you get the story out, the faster you can find symptoms and get help.”
A JustGiving page has also been set up for Lyndsey and her family where you can donate HERE.