Josephine Clinton, 49, was in the war when they are not to lose weight of her growing ‘squishy’ tummy, despite the losses in other parts of her body.
(Kennedy News and Media.)
A woman whose friends convinced her to take a pregnancy test after she showed signs of a growing “baby bump” was devastated to learn that her swollen belly was actually due to two huge ovarian tumors.
Josephine Clinton, who struggled with infertility, ” she said stopped in the emergency room after her home pregnancy test was negative.
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“The belly just came out of nowhere in a matter of weeks really,” Clinton, 49, told Kennedy News and Media. “Everywhere else I’d lost weight – I had just lost, my buttocks, my legs were like sticks, my arms, my face was really gaunt. But I had a big belly. It was scary.”
Clinton said that she chalked other symptoms to a gym injury, irritable bowel syndrome, and drinking more water. An earlier appointment with the doctor also reportedly missed her tumors. It was not until her friends convinced her to take a pregnancy test that she took her complaints seriously.
Clinton and her husband had struggled with infertility, but her friends convinced her to take a pregnancy test.
(Kennedy News and Media)
“I decided to nip into the local hospital on the way home for a quick check over,” she said, according to Kennedy of News and Media. “They took me in for a scan straight away and took me to a room and told me that there was a mass in my pelvis. I was actually floored, because I went on my own thinking they were going to tell me I had a bit of irritable bowel or something like that.”
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Clinton revealed to the news source that her sister had gone through a similar ordeal, but that she hadn’t known what signs to look for. She said that doctors removed seven liters of fluid from her abdomen during her first biopsy, and an additional seven more during a second biopsy. Eventually, she was scheduled for a full hysterectomy.
“It is a bit of a blur for me now, because I have these blinders on, where I thought that everything will be all right and I am going to get through it,” she told Kennedy News and Media. “I thought… at the end of the day, [if] everything is in order and I come from the other side, they can chuck anything they want with me.”
Clinton said that her friends feared for her life due to her rapid weight loss, but they did not know at the time how dire her situation was.
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“I lost a lot of weight and changed so much, but you don’t see it in yourself,” she said to Kennedy News and Media. “They took away everything – my cervix and everything all at once. I have a nice big scar now.”
While Clinton had no signs of cancer, she still goes for follow-up tests every six months to ensure that the tumours have not returned. She pleads for more attention for the symptoms of non-malignant tumors.
“I’m very happy,” she told the news outlet. “You don’t realize how lucky you are, do you think? I am grateful to my friends of me to do that pregnancy test that day, otherwise I might have just dropped it off or leaving it. People do that, because you do not dare to think that it is something serious.”