Cancer survivors share symptoms they noticed before diagnosis

Cancer grows in silence
It is only too late for cancer victims to detect the symptoms. A small bump or pain which are mostly the first signs of cancer are usually overlooked partly because of our body’s ability to endure and partly because these signs are associated with several other diseases.

This negligence gives a good leeway for the cancer to grow in us day by day to such an extent that it becomes difficult to recover without taking medication.

“He was only diagnosed when the tumor was big enough to paralyze me”
“I will have to answer for my mother, as I was told that my spinal cord cancer had been present since birth. It was only diagnosed when the tumor was large enough to paralyze me,” Amorette Kitsa writes on Quora. .

Describing her journey as a toddler, Kitsa writes: “My parents were understandably devastated. In addition to their grief, they noticed that I was extremely bad at jogging. I was uncoordinated, incontinent. I was taken to the pediatrician, who told my mom that all children develop differently and that I was fine. I came home, tried to take a step and fell on my face. My mom got used to putting me in one spot on the floor and finding that I hadn’t moved an hour later, which is obviously quite unusual for a kid that age.”

“My first memory of cancer was when I was at my grandmother’s house, hanging a decoration on the tree, and I turned to my mother and told her that I had pain in my neck. The next visit to the pediatrician was downright rude. I was told a finger was jabbed in the face as I was told how selfish I was,” she wrote.

She adds: My parents decided they had had enough. They put me in the car and drove me to a children’s hospital two hours away, where alarmed doctors gave me a myelogram. My spinal cord tumor was so big that the myelogram dye couldn’t even distribute evenly around it.

Luckily, I was matched with a brilliant young neurosurgeon who had just come out of school. I received experimental radiation therapy which shrunk the inoperable tumor into something I could literally live with. He dismissed the short estimate of my lifespan and asked my parents if they wanted to buy his daughter Girl Scout cookies. Uncertain, my parents were worried that I had left when the cookies arrived. “Ridiculous”, he launched. “Of course she will be alive. And I’ll buy her cookies when she’s old enough.

And I lived. And he did.

Her daughter the Girl Scout, who is a few years older than me, is now a neurosurgeon herself. He retired to guide her.

“My husband has become a man filled with unexplained verbal rage”
About her husband who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Cherie Spillman Livingston writes: My husband was a big teddy bear of a man with a very laid back, easy going, loving personality and avoided all conflict.

Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, his personality changed and he became a man full of unexplained verbal rage, but only at home and only towards me, but in front of our teenagers. We immediately started marriage counseling, and the counselor said I was not physically safe with him, so after more than 20 years of marriage, I left our home.”

Cherie adds: About 11 months into his weird behavior he called me and asked me what to do – he was itchy all over his body – and after ruling out all possibilities of an allergic reaction I told him asked to see our family doctor the next morning. I was out of state at a family funeral or I would have gone with him.

“After his appointment he called me and told me the type of tests our doctor had done. Part of me knew what the doctor was looking for was very serious. I asked him to go home so we could deal with this together and he did.” Cherie adds.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“An itchy dull pain in the middle of my chest”
Another Quora user shares how a dull pain in the middle of his chest that he kept ignoring turned out to be thymic carcinoma.

The user says he was diagnosed with cancer during a pandemic while the country was on lockdown.

“A dull, itchy pain in the middle of my chest? It was mild, it was pretty random, it comes and goes unexpectedly, so I wasn’t too worried about it. Anyway, it wasn’t until a few months later, that it really started to bother me, so i emailed my doctor, she ordered x-rays and blood tests, a few days later, she m replied by email and told me everything was fine, no evidence of a heart attack, and the X-rays showed nothing abnormal?

A month goes by and one night I couldn’t sleep because of the pain, it was getting worse, as I was driving to work the next morning I decided to go to the ER and figure out what is really going on here. So no more x-rays and no more blood work, the ER doctor comes to visit me in my room and says there’s no heart attack but they found a lump in my chest, and I was like , well it’s strange, how did we grow so fast in just 1 month?” he wrote.

“They immediately did a biopsy of the mass, but the pandemic triggered a national emergency and the country was on lockdown, so I didn’t know my biopsy results for about 2 months. Eventually an oncologist m contacted and told me I had Thymic Carcinoma, it spread to my left lung and around my heart and infected the main arteries and nerves in that area, and reached my lymph nodes and that treatment and surgery were urgent,” he adds.

“Blood in your pee could be a sign of cancer”
Belly problems such as discomfort or diarrhea that lasts three weeks or more, or blood in the urine, could be a sign of cancer, says Dr Hilary Jones, English GP, presenter and writer.

Blood during urination is a very common sign of bladder cancer.

According to Mayo Clinic experts, neuroendocrine tumors, colon cancer, lymphoma, medullary thyroid cancer, and pancreatic cancers cause diarrhea.

Diarrhea, in particular, is far removed from cancer. A layman’s perception of cancer is mostly associated with lumps and pain, but not a bowel-related problem like diarrhea.

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