A new mother was diagnosed with breast cancer six months after doctors dismissed the lump on her chest as a blocked milk canal.
Gemma Corby, 35, saw a bump the size of a chickpea while feeding her daughter Ayla, who was born last August.
Doctors repeatedly rejected the clog as a blocked milk channel, which often affects new mothers.
As the lump continued to grow, Miss Corby saw a gynecologist referring her for an ultrasound in February.
Miss Corby, who lives in Chamonix, France, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in March and started chemo within a few weeks.
More than four months later, Miss Corby is still being treated and has no idea what the future holds.
Gemma Corby noticed a lump on her chest within a week of breastfeeding her daughter Ayla, who was born in August. Corby (pictured with Ayla and her friend Andy Thomas) was told that it was only a blocked milk channel. When the lump grew, an ultrasound scan revealed that it was cancer
Miss Corby is pictured while she was pregnant with twins. Unfortunately it was delivered stillborn
Ayla (depicted as a newborn) arrived six weeks early and stayed in the hospital for a month
Miss Corby, who has a relationship with Andy Thomas, gave birth to twins six weeks earlier. Her son Archie was born to death due to complications during her pregnancy.
Because she was premature, Ayla stayed in the hospital for a month. Miss Corby saw her lump within the first week after breastfeeding her daughter.
& # 39; The doctors told me it was a blocked milk line, so I didn't think of anything else, why should I doubt them? & # 39; she said.
Although she initially trusted medical advice, Miss Corby became increasingly anxious when the lump did not drop.
She had the bulge checked on several occasions between August 2018 and early 2019 by a lactation consultant, obstetrician and a gynecologist.
As the lump continued to grow, Miss Corby saw a second gynecologist in February.
The specialist also thought that nothing was wrong, but referred to Miss Corby for an ultrasound to be sure.
The scan observed an abnormality, as a result of which Miss Corby received a mammogram 10 days later.
She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in early March.
& # 39; It's hard to put into words what was going through my mind at the time, it's just completely overwhelming to hear, & # 39; said Mrs. Corby.
& # 39; I had told many medical professionals about the lump, but I was always told that nothing was wrong, making the diagnosis even more difficult. & # 39;
Triple-negative breast cancer has no receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone, or the protein HER2.
This makes the treatment difficult because the tumor does not respond to hormonal or protein therapies.
Miss Corby juggles chemo raising her daughter (pictured together on the left). Ayla (right) is largely raised by her father, because Mrs. Corby feels so sick that she often has trouble getting out of bed
Miss Corby (pictured in the hospital) has triple negative breast cancer, which is particularly difficult to treat because it does not respond to hormonal or protein therapies
Thomas (pictured left with Miss Corby and their daughter) has done less work to raise Ayla. Miss Corby (right) speaks out to encourage new mothers to take any deviations seriously and to give a & # 39; fuss & # 39; if they notice that something is wrong with their health
WHAT IS TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER?
Triple negative breast cancer is a form of the disease that has no receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone, or the protein HER2.
This makes it harder to treat because the tumor does not respond to these hormonal or protein therapies.
Triple negative breast cancer makes up about 10 to 20 percent of all forms of the disease.
It is usually more aggressive than other breast tumors, where patients have a worse prognosis.
The condition is more common in those younger than 40 and black women.
It is diagnosed via a sample of the cancer cells.
Symptoms are similar to other forms of breast cancer.
These can include:
- Chunks or thickening in the chest
- Change in the size, shape or feel of the breast
- Dimpling the skin
- Change in the shape of the nipple
- Rash or blood stains from the nipple
- Swelling in the armpit
Treatment usually includes surgery, chemo and radiotherapy.
Chemo can first be given to reduce the tumor before a patient is treated.
It can also be given after surgery to prevent the disease from returning.
Miss Corby, originally from Coventry, juggles chemo to raise Ayla.
& # 39; I am in a terrible position to deal with cancer and chemotherapy at a time when I just want to spend time with my daughter, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It has been incredibly difficult and there have been really difficult times, but I do my best to maintain a positive attitude. & # 39;
Although she tries to stay cheerful, the treatment Miss Corby is no longer able to work as a babysitter in her work, because sometimes she feels so sick that she has trouble getting out of bed.
Her partner has also worked fewer hours to look after their daughter.
As she fights the disease, Ms. Corby speaks out to raise awareness of breast cancer and its symptoms.
& # 39; I really want to convey the message that new mothers should be sure to take deviations seriously, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Cancer is not something mothers think of, but it is something we can get, I am proof of that.
& # 39; If you find a lump, please do a breast cancer test, so you know for sure what it is.
& # 39; I think one of the reasons my flat rate was rejected for so long is that it hurt, I was often told & # 39; it's fine breast cancer doesn't hurt & # 39; but mine was very painful.
& # 39; Now I look back and think that perhaps I should have given more fuss about everything and should have been more powerful about it. & # 39;
The couple raises funds to help make ends meet while Miss Corby is being treated. give here.
Miss Corby (photo on the left with Mr Thomas and on the right with Ayla) has no idea what the future holds. She emphasizes that she & # 39; proof & # 39; is that mothers can get cancer, even if this is the last thing they expect
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