in heartbreaking smear test warning after terminal cancer diagnosis
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A brave nurse living heartbreaking terminal cancer diagnosis is urging other women to keep up to date with smear tests, after being told she had stage three cervical cancer last year.
Brave nurse Charlotte Woodward is trying to raise awareness of her condition after she experienced abnormal bleeding in October last year.
Charl, 31, has had her life turned upside down by the diagnosis, after surgeons told her they could not operate on the cancer as it had already spread to her lymph nodes.
Instead, a treatment plan was put into place with an intent to cure the cancer and save Charl’s life.
Charl completed 25 gruelling sessions of radiotherapy, four sessions of chemotherapy and three sessions of brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) and also had coronavirus.
She, along with her family and friends, were hoping to get the all clear in May this year.
But on April 16, Charl received some devastating news.
Her cancer had spread to her hermes cigerette tray replica
hip and the cancer was re graded at stage 4B the worst stage there is, StokeonTrent Live reports.
Three days later, Charl oncologist broke the news that, without treatment, she had less than 16 months to live.
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One option is to undergo major surgery to replace her hip, plus 18 weeks of chemotherapy, which could mean her prognosis would be, on average 18 to 24 months.
Now Charl friend, Kirsty Brown, has set up a Go Fund Me Page, to try and raise 50,000 to pay for alternative therapies and life extending treatment. And more than 20,000 has already been donated.
Charl, of Fenton, who works in private healthcare said: “I was having abnormal bleeding and I went for a smear test as normal and it came back as clear. But because I was having abnormal bleeding I was referred to the hospital and it was picked up. I discovered a smear test does not detect cancer. Even as a nurse I did not know. My main emphasis is to tell other people about what I discovered. My friends did not know.
Read More”I was diagnosed with stage three cancer. It was quite advanced as there are only four stages. My consultant told me she was going to do everything she could to cure me. It was in my lymph nodes as well.”
Charl was forced to attend the majority of her hospital appointments completely alone, due to coronavirus restrictions.