Mom of Pennsylvania said that she was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3 only a few weeks after the birth of her first daughter. to schedule a colonoscopy after she noticed drops of blood while using the toilet.
"I have undergone all preparations for the procedure, including a pregnancy test," said the mother of two people who told Yahoo Lifestyle. "But, as I was preparing for anesthesia, I received results: I was pregnant."
To ensure the safety of her unborn child, Riccotton decided to postpone the test. Months later, in January 201
But only two weeks later, Riccotton began to have serious complications, reporting to Yahoo Lifestyle that she went to the bathroom and "suddenly" everywhere was blood from both my rectum and the vagina. "
" I was so dizzy and weak that I could barely stand, "she added. complications or possibly hemorrhoids, which explains bleeding. But after a colonoscopy, she will soon be informed of a more serious diagnosis: stage 3B of colorectal cancer. According to American Cancer Treatment Centers, Stage 3B is diagnosed when the cancer has grown in or through the outer layer of the large intestine or rectum and may spread to adjacent organs or tissues. It also means that the cancer has spread to three lymph nodes near the primary site, but has not spread to distant organs.
"Even after receiving news, I was shocked. I did not weep – I was in complete disbelief. I was so young and I did not have a family history of colon cancer. It just did not seem possible. "
"When I woke up from the procedure, the nurse gave me a big hug and told me that she was getting my husband, which in my opinion was weird," said Ricotton. "Even after receiving news, I was shocked. I did not weep – I was in complete disbelief. I was so young and I did not have a family history of colon cancer. It just did not seem possible. "
A new mummy performed an operation to remove the tumor in the large intestine, which, according to Ricotto, said that her surgeon was so large that it could have perfused my intestine for several days. The operation was accompanied by six months of chemotherapy, which ended in February 2017. Shortly after the age of 37, he was taken to the ambulance department. And while in hospital Rikotte was again told that she is pregnant – this time with a boy.
"I never came back, but I only assumed that chemotherapy had translated me into premature menopause.
At that time, Rickotton was still undergoing a CT scan to make sure that the cancer did not return. She decided to delay any future CT scans until she gave birth. In September 2017, about a month after the birth of Mikhail's son, a scan showed that cancer spread to the lungs.
"Here I am again, with a newborn and diagnosed with cancer," she said, adding seven.
After at least one operation and more chemotherapy, Rickotton reached remission, where she stayed for 16 months, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.
Symptoms of colon cancer usually include rectal bleeding, weakness or fatigue, obscure weight loss and "persistent abdominal discomfort," among other signs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Although most people diagnosed with this type of cancer are generally 50 years and older, the 2017 Study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that colon cancer and colon cancer "are occurring with the growth of young and middle-aged adults people in the USA ". the society that led the research. In response, society has lowered the recommended age for screening for rectal cancer from 50 to 45 years.
Ricotton, a trade nurse, now encourages early screening and raising awareness about colon cancer. ADVANTAGES
"Even some doctors discard bleeding at age 30 as hemorrhoids. But she should always be checked by a colonoscopy, "she said.
Ricotton added: "I have a lot to live with – every time I get home from work and see my children so healthy and happy that motivates me to continue the struggle. "