One MUM says Love Islander Molly-Mae Hague saved her life after urging people to “check for tumours”.
Hannah Bolton, 31, made a heartbreaking discovery minutes after seeing the post on Molly-Mae’s Instagram story.
After seeing the cracks in her bed, Hannah swept her hand over her left breast and was horrified to discover a snake the size of a grape.
After a trip to the hospital’s GP and breast care center, she was stunned when she was diagnosed as triple negative. breast cancer.
While still starting her chemotherapy journey, Hannah has received good feedback from the doctors about her progress.
The county nurse, from Bristol, said: “Molly-Mae’s decision to share that post saved my life. If she hadn’t shared that post I would never have had it. check my breasts until today.
“I’ve never done that, it never crossed my mind. That tumor will still grow now, it could be really bad at this point if I don’t find it.”
Hannah was on vacation in Portugal with her three-year-old son Jaxton Bolton when she discovered a lump in her breast.
She said: “We just ate a nice meal and then went back to the room to put the little one to bed.
“I knocked him down and went on social media and I saw a post by Molly-Mae, a Love Island influencer.
Millionaire Molly-Mae share snaps in her hospital bed in September, cuddling next to her Ellie Belly plush toy with her 6.2 million followers.
This 22-year-old girl had non-cancerous lumps removed from her breast and fingers.
On the photo Molly-Mae wrote: “I was talking about a lump I found in my boob on a recent vlog of mine, and I removed it today. Check your body people!!! ”
Hannah said: “So at the back of that post, I felt pain and I found a lump in the lower left corner of my left breast on the outside of my nipple.
“It was ‘undulating,’ solid as a rock and the size of a grape. I didn’t notice it at all – didn’t see it, didn’t feel it, nothing, until that moment.
“I was immediately worried and I immediately texted my mom.”
Hannah made a doctor’s appointment when she returned home a week later and was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
On October 25, she had a physical examination, an ultrasound, and a biopsy.
I just thought ‘I don’t want to die, my little son has no father, what will he do without his mother?’
Hannah said: ‘The doctor examined me and said she could feel it and it was about 3cm long. [Within six weeks] the tumor had almost doubled in size. “
After 10 days of agonizing wait, on November 4, Hannah was invited back to receive the results and was examined by the doctor in a state of exfoliation.
She said: “As soon as he got me into the room I said ‘I know you’re giving me bad news’ and he said he was sorry to see me here when I was young but it was cancer. triple negative breast cancer.’.
“When he said that I was only thinking about my little son. I just thought ‘I don’t want to die, my little boy has no father, what will he do without his mother?’.
“Once I was told I had cancer, all I thought was I was going to die.”
Triple-negative breast cancer is more common in women under 40. This is a rarer form of breast cancer, accounting for about 15% of cases.
Most women with this type of breast cancer have no family history of the disease. But some have an altered BRCA1 gene – which can cause breast cancer in families – inherited from one parent.
Hannah, who has stage two cancer, said: ‘I don’t carry this gene and my family has never had it.
“Doctors say they don’t know what causes triple negative breast cancer, it’s just that I was very unlucky.”
Long road ahead
After getting a mammogram, Hannah underwent the first 16 rounds of chemotherapy on November 25.
She turned down the option of preserving her fertility before chemotherapy and cold hat treatment, which helps prevent hair loss.
Hannah said: “I was told that each person could delay treatment by up to a month and I wasn’t ready to hang around.
“My main priority was Jaxon. I remember thinking ‘so sad that I’m going through early menopause and can’t have more children at 30 but at least I’ve got a son, he needs me’.
“I was like ‘take the picc line in and start chemo’. Within three weeks of my diagnosis, I started treatment.”
Determined Hannah has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy and has 12 more, hoping to have her tumor removed in April.
Meanwhile, her friends are raising funds from GoFundMe to help support childcare costs and bills while she battles the illness.
Hannah said: “I don’t think I’ll be diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30.
“I didn’t know anyone this age to be diagnosed and the doctor told me I was the youngest on the case, so that really says it all.
“This post by Molly-Mae is what brought it to light and on the back of it, finding the lump, it’s like a sign.
“My advice is to pick one day and once a month to thoroughly examine yourself, including your collarbone.
“If there’s any change in the breast, get it checked out.”
The mother of one child also wants all women to insist on having a mammogram if they have a biopsy.
She was not offered one at the time of the biopsy because “she was too young”.
North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) says it follows the Royal College of Radiology’s national guidelines for screening mammograms.
It states that mammography is the first imaging modality of choice in women aged 40 years and older, with the addition of ultrasound indicated.
It also states that mammography should be performed on all patients with confirmed malignancy, regardless of age.
An NBT spokesperson said: “We deeply regret the delay in our breast care service, which has been caused by unprecedented pressures during the pandemic.
“We understand how frustrating and distressing this can be and are doing everything we can to see patients as quickly as possible.
“While we cannot talk about individual cases, we can confirm that we are in compliance with national guidelines for performing mammograms.”
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