A mother says that she owes her life to her moisturizing cream after seeing a lump in her chest while applying a massage oil.
Hollie Drynan, now 27, fought for five months with severe abdominal discomfort, leaving her doctor as menstrual pain, gluten intolerance and IBS.
Desperate for relief, Miss Drynan from Chelmsford, Essex, massaged an oil on her midriff and rubbed excess hair on her breasts.
At that time, the hairdresser discovered a hard lump in her left breast, which led to the cancer diagnosis in September last year. Abdominal pain is usually not associated with breast cancer.
After six months of chemo, as well as breast amputation and breast reconstruction, Miss Drynan is finally & # 39; cancer free & # 39 ;.
However, a DNA test recently revealed that she carries a mutation in her TP53 gene. TP53 normally suppresses tumors, with defects that cause cells to divide uncontrollably.
Miss Drynan, who fought a brain tumor in 2005, is worried that she will spend her entire life with the question & # 39; do I have cancer? & # 39 ;.
Hollie Drynan owes her life to her moisturizer after she saw a lump in her chest while applying a massage oil. The mother is pictured on the left after she was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair to chemo. She is also pictured in the hospital with her daughter Bella, 18 months old
Miss Drynan discovered the & # 39; hard lump & # 39; (photo) while she desperately tried to relieve abdominal cramps with which she had fought for five months. The hairdresser massaged her diaphragm when she rubbed the excess oil on her breasts. Abdominal pain is usually not associated with breast cancer unless the disease has spread to the liver
Miss Drynan said: & # 39; I still have no idea why I had severe abdominal pain, but I am so glad I did, otherwise I would not have found the lump in my chest.
She & # 39; knew that something was wrong & # 39; when she could not pass on her painful abdominal cramps, which, according to doctors, was nothing to worry about.
& # 39; I went to the doctor four times because I had a terrible stomachache, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The first time my doctor said it was menstrual pain, I was told the second time to try a gluten-free diet, which led to a third diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.
& # 39; I knew something was wrong. When I had to call an ambulance because the pain was unbelievable, it was said again that it must be pain in menstruation.
& # 39; I started giving up because it was five months ago and I still had the pain but no answers. I felt that I would never come out of it completely. & # 39;
HOW CAN A MUTATION IN THE TP53 GEN LEAD TO CANCER?
TP53 is a gene that suppresses the formation of tumors.
Mutations in this gene can cause cells to divide uncontrollably and form malignant masses.
This can happen due to a condition called Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), which increases a person's susceptibility to cancer.
LFS is linked to breast, brain, kidney, stomach, and pancreas cancer to name just a few.
The syndrome is hereditary and can therefore be passed on between generations.
About 70 percent of families with LFS have a mutation in the TP53 gene.
A quarter of the people with LFS have no family history of the syndrome and develop the TP53 mutation spontaneously.
The prevalence of LFS is unclear.
Some estimates predict it affects one in 5,000 people, while others claim it is rarer, affecting only one in 20,000.
LFS can be diagnosed through genetic testing, which is often performed on individuals who develop cancer at a young age.
Patients are then better monitored for signs of the disease.
Miss Drynan desperately tried to relieve the discomfort in her lower abdomen by massaging some oil.
& # 39; I had something left on my hand, so I rubbed it in my breasts and was shocked when I felt a huge lump on my left breast & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; It was almost stuck to my ribs and I could pinch it between my fingers.
& # 39; I received a doctor's appointment for Monday and was referred directly to the breast unit. & # 39;
Although she was worried, Miss Drynan's friends assured her it was probably just a cyst and could be easily removed.
& # 39; I never thought I had cancer in a million years, but I knew something was wrong, & # 39; said Miss Drynan.
A week later, the mother-of-e had an ultrasound scan and was told that she needed a biopsy.
& # 39; (The doctor) asked if I had brought someone with me and luckily I went with a friend who was sitting with me when I was told that I had a tumor, & # 39; said Miss Drynan.
& # 39; They said I would expect a two-week wait to find out if it was cancer or not, but I already knew it would be. & # 39;
Abdominal pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer, but can occur if the disease is advanced and spreads to the liver. It can also occur as a side effect of certain types of chemotherapy and hormonal treatments.
Miss Drynan's cancer was allegedly alone in her chest, which makes her stomachache a mystery. She claims that the discomfort has disappeared as soon as she started taking chemo.
Miss Drynan & # 39; was proud of her appearance & # 39; and struggled with losing her hair
Miss Drynan is pictured on the left in the photo on the left during the treatment. The mother-of-one, wearing a wig, was out with her sister (on the right) one night out. Miss Drynan, who was shown right in the hospital, has also undergone breast amputation and breast reconstruction using fat from her body
Miss Drynan's tumor was depicted in her first ultrasound scan after her doctor referred her for an appointment with the hospital. She then received a biopsy before she got the news that she had cancer
Miss Drynan was forced to undergo chemotherapy, which caused her to lose her hair.
& # 39; I was a hairdresser and always proud of my appearance, but I did a lot better than expected, & # 39; she said.
She also had five lymph nodes removed after the tests showed that the cancer cells had spread.
After the treatment, Miss Drynan had her breast reconstructed using fat from the rest of her body.
& # 39; I had a tummy tuck and my stomach fat was used to reconstruct my left breast, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; My right breast is likely to be removed in the future because there is an 80 percent risk of getting cancer again. & # 39;
Miss Drynan & # 39; s 18-month-old daughter Bella kept her positive through everything.
& # 39; The past nine months have been an emotional roller coaster for me, but I had to stay strong for my little girl, & # 39; said Miss Dryan. & # 39; She gets me through it every day.
& # 39; I had the worst news any young mother can ever get, but after eight long months I am finally in remission and have a new body.
& # 39; I am a positive person and I keep smiling. I made friends with other patients after my surgery and we laughed so much that I thought my stitches would stand out. & # 39;
Although she makes an effort to remain optimistic, Miss Drynan is concerned that her genetic mutation means she is always at risk for tumors.
& # 39; I will probably spend the rest of my life thinking "do I have cancer?" but I will stay strong and live as well as possible with my beautiful daughter, & she said.
Follow Miss Drynan on Instagram at @ hollie.drynan
Chemotherapy caused Miss Drynan to lose her hair (left) and suffer from nose bleeds (right)
Scan reveals Miss Drynan & # 39; s tumor-free left breast after the malignant mass was removed
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