Mom, 37, diagnosed with terminal cancer when doctors spot symptoms while giving birth

Mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer after doctors spotted symptoms while she was giving birth.

Lois Walker, 37, had been suffering from stomach pain for more than a year, but it wasn’t up to her. son Ray was born with a caesarean section in 2021 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The mother-in-law first got worse in June 2020 when she experienced strange bathrooms and swelling around her diaphragm.

She made 20 calls to her doctor during confinement and made many trips to A&E to report her symptoms, but doctors labeled her “hypochondriac” – and she was given anxiety medication and ordered to stay away from dairy. She said: “I went to the doctors, but I couldn’t tell them anything new because it was always the same symptoms, so they treated me with antacids.

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“Then I was told it might be a health concern, so they put me on a citrus ferry. I was already suffering from skin cancer, so I said to my doctor, ‘Don’t you think I could have cancer?’ And he said, ‘Oh no, it’s just that you’re getting older and your body isn’t working so well.’

Lois is a buyer at engineering and first discovered she was pregnant in December 2020. However, she suffered terrible pain 14 weeks later after her sex revealed a scan.

She said: “I couldn’t deal with this pain, and the longer the pregnancy lasted, the more it became torturous. It got to the point where I couldn’t walk or eat. The doctor said I weighed the same as I did 12 months ago. , and by this time I was nine months pregnant – and that didn’t sound like an alarm at all. ”

Lois said she regularly called doctors at Dove Valley Practice, in Worsbrough, and was visiting Barnsley Hospital when her symptoms worsened. However, she claims that doctors only took her concerns seriously when she revealed the extent of her mental illness. healthy was struck by the pain.

She was admitted to the hospital for pain management where she was given morphine, but again there was no in-depth investigation by doctors into what caused the pain. Lois added: “Then the final straw was when they had to involve the mental health team because I said it had reached the point where I would have to end both of our lives, and I’m ashamed to say that.”

Lois’s doctor then did a more thorough investigation into her worries and found a mass behind her uterus – causing them to deliver her baby the next day. And on September 3, 2021, when she gave birth to her third child, she learned from the doctor treating her that she was most likely to have cancer.

She said: “When they opened me up, he said, ‘I thought you said you didn’t have abdominal surgery?’ and I said I didn’t. That’s where I knew something had been found, because they had called some doctors.

“They just said, basically, that my abdomen is so sick that they had to send some biopsies and I’ll have to wait. But I still knew.

“The doctor actually grabbed my hand and he cried and he actually said he was going to fail me.” Surgeons found cancer in her ovaries, the lining of her abdomen and lymph.

Lois had six chemotherapies and two surgeries, but the disease has spread rapidly and doctors now say it is final. She said: “My liver fused to my diaphragm, so it had to be cut. My bladder fused to the back of my uterus, so it had to be cut, and all my ovaries fused.

“Then I had the giant news that it was also on my intestines, my stomach and my liver. Obviously, that’s never good – they’re my main organs I need. ” It’s just a matter of living a comfortable life, and that’s where we are at the moment. “

Lois marked her experience as diabolical. She said: “They call themselves health professionals, and they’re supposed to take care of us, but that’s negligence. I just feel like it could have been caught earlier, so I wouldn’t have this late diagnosis – and I’m leaving three kids. NHS I don’t recognize that things need to change, so I feel sorry for everyone. “

When asked for a comment, a Dove Valley Practice spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear from Mrs Walker’s concerns about her care and that she did not feel listened to. .shared those results with her at the time.

“We welcome anyone with concerns about the care they have received with us to contact us so we can investigate. Unfortunately, we are unable to comment further due to our duty of confidentiality.”

A Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson added: “Barnsley Hospital is sorry to hear that Mrs Walker is taking care of her.

“We welcome any patient with concerns about the care they have received to contact our Patient Counseling and Complaints, which investigates patient care to ensure that action is timely and appropriate.”

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