Seeing the shameful body, the mother came to know the serious reason for the back pain

A mother inspired to examine her breasts while watching an episode of Shameful Bodies on Channel 4 discovered that what she thought was a pulled muscle in her back was actually stage four cancer. Crosby’s Katie Enel had never examined her breasts before, but when she saw it on a Channel 4 show decided that people would see experts for an opinion on ’embarrassing’ problems.

Katie, 28, found a lump and went to see her GP. She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had also spread to her liver and bones, and has since been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Katie told reflected sound: “I was having back pain for about six months, but I left it to come back to work after I went on leave, there was a heavy table outside. I had no symptoms other than right shoulder pain “

Katie had seen a GP and went to A&E with pain. He assumed that he had just pulled a muscle in his shoulder. Doctors initially suspected that Katie was suffering from pleurisy—a condition that causes swelling of the tissue between the lungs and ribs—and was taken off work for five weeks.

Katie said: “I kept getting a fresh sick note and one night I was watching shameful bodies on the telly, I don’t usually watch TV but it really had nothing to do with being off work. When I did the embarrassing changed bodies. It was showing you how to do a breast test, so I just sat in bed and I just copied what they were doing, and for some reason instead of going right where the pain was. went left and found [a lump] immediately.”

Katie said the lump in her left breast was “larger than a grape” and that her mother and partner could feel it too. She said: “I called the doctors the next morning and to give them their due, they took me very quickly. I was seen within two days of finding the lump.

“The doctor didn’t think it was anything to worry about, but she said she’d refer me to a breast clinic. I was seen at Entry Hospital within two weeks.”

Katie asked for an MRI scan after experiencing twitching in her left eye (Image: Katie Anell)

Katie was sent for further tests which included a biopsy followed by a mammogram and ultrasound, which confirmed she had breast cancer. Two weeks later the young mother was told the devastating news that the cancer was stage four and had spread to her bones and liver as well.

Katie said: “They ask if you have any questions at the hospital – you’re gone one day as a 28-year-old mother, there’s no care in the world, your life is put at risk. You’re the one Your life is for the kind of fear – [you think] ‘I’m not going to do the hearing for Christmas, I’m not going to be here for a birthday’. I just felt that I had been sentenced to death.

“The word he used was ‘treatable not curable.’ In the beginning they didn’t know how I would respond to treatment because you have to wait – you have a CT scan every three months.”

Since starting chemotherapy last summer, Katie has responded well. During a hospital appointment on June 8, she was told that the results of her last CT scan showed that the cancer was stable and that her liver was continuing to shrink, meaning she had “decades if not years” to live. can be.

Katie went on a surprise vacation to Spain’s Costa del Sol with her partner to celebrate the news – but on June 17, two days after returning home, receiving the results of her MRI scans over the phone she suffered another devastating Shocked. She said: “I had forgotten about the brain MRI with such a good news. The results were back and he found a 13 mm brain tumor in the left frontal lobe.”

Katie said she requested the scan when she began to experience stinging and tingling in her left eye, which was sensitive to light and that doctors believed it was the best option for her.

The 29-year-old said she can’t fault any of the care she received, but she’s eager to raise awareness of the importance of cancer patients, who are being offered full body scans, charities from other women as well. Have met through Make2Count who have had similar experiences.

In a video on Instagram, Katie said: “More needs to be done. We need to do head to pelvis scans. I couldn’t go a day. How can you tell my little boy that I am could have been saved?

“That he could spend more time with mom if it was just for one scan? That’s the reality of it.”

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