A 15-year-old girl thought a painful lump on her ribcage was caused by a skating fall, but a year later she found out it was actually bone cancer.
After a typical ice skating session, 18-year-old Georgia Leslie felt uncomfortable leaning on her arm and discovered a small red lump in the center of her right rib cage, later the size of a Orange.
Georgia, who lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire, with her nurse mother, Katie, 36, football coach dad, Richard, 40, and sister Rebecca, 14, said: “I’m counting on it. when I realized my right side felt a little uncomfortable and when I looked to see why, I saw the smallest bump.
“It just felt sore and red, so I looked to see if there was anything irritating it and gave it to my mother, who is a nurse.
“We thought we’d keep an eye on it, but then it started growing so fast and got five times bigger in just two months, so we went to the doctor.”
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The GP suspected the tumor was due to bone damage in this area and asked Georgia if she had done anything that would have injured one of her ribs.
The only thing she could think of that could have caused such an injury was her skating.
“The only thing I could think about was skating, because I would go every Saturday,” she said.
“I skate with my friends, but I’m also riding a roller coaster, so was wondering if that did some damage that I didn’t realize.”
Asked by her doctor to come back if the pain got worse, two months later – weeks before her 16th birthday – she returned and was sent to hospital in Huddersfield for tests and a CT scan.
When her results looked fine, she decided to study for her upcoming GCSE and signed up for an adventure program as a gift when her exams were over.
But as she prepared to join the National Citizen Service (NCS) program in the summer of 2019, she realized something was very wrong.
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She said: “I tried to wear a seat belt to do one of the operations but I couldn’t because the tumor was so big and so painful.
“It’s about the size of an orange now. I know it’s not right and it won’t get better on its own. “
After the negative results from the hospital, when she saw her GP again, they were concerned about the case of Georgia with a broken rib.
But she doesn’t remember any trauma that could have caused such a dramatic tumor.
Worried, her mother asked a fellow osteopathic physician to visit Georgia, who had started college and was studying A Levels in law, criminology, and health care and society.
Finally that day, the teen and her family received the sad news that the tumor was in fact a tumour.
“My mom came to find me in the hospital and said, ‘I think we should go home,’” Georgia said.
“I knew she was supposed to work until that night, so I asked her to tell me there and then what the doctor said.
“She told me he thought it was a tumor. I burst into tears. I don’t know what that means.”
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Sent for further photography at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, they soon had a complete picture.
She said: “I remember being with my mother and grandfather in the waiting room and watching people walking down the hallway.
“You can tell who got the good news and who got the bad news, because you can see they’re really upset.
“We went into a room to get the biopsy results and the first thing I saw was the nurse was wearing a string that said ‘Macmillan Nurse.’ Then the doctor told us they were 98% sure my tumor was cancerous.”
According to the Teenage Cancer Trust, seven young people between the ages of 13 and 24 are told in the UK every day that they have cancer.
And for most, like Georgia, because they are so young, the diagnosis comes as a complete shock, because the thought of having cancer has never crossed their minds.
She said: “I asked the doctors, ‘Am I going to die?’ I was in tears and just asked, “Is it bad?”
Doctors told Georgia and her family they couldn’t confirm anything until she did a biopsy.
And in January 2020 – almost a year since she first discovered the little red lump on her right ribcage – she was told she had Grade 2-3 fibrosarcoma, which is a type of cancer that starts in the cells that make up bones.
On January 26, 2020, she began seven cycles of chemotherapy, followed by major and painful surgery in May 2020 to remove the tumor.
Then, at the end of July, she was scheduled to have seven more rounds of chemotherapy, but stopped after five, because her body couldn’t take it anymore.
She said: “I tried to continue my university studies, but the chemotherapy made me so tired and the second round was worse than the first, so I had to stop.
After spending most of the 2020 shutdown for treatment, Georgia is now cancer-free.
She has to have CT scans every two months to monitor her condition, but says that although her outlook is good, she continues to worry in case the cancer comes back.
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“It’s been a constant in my life, so as much as I want it to go away, it’s always been there and I think about it every day,” she said.
After returning to university in September 2021 and resuming her A-level course, she now plans to train as an oncology nurse, so she can finally help everyone. person in the way that she was helped through her own treatment.
“The Teen Cancer Trust and the doctors and nurses all support me and my family. Now I want to practice so I can give something back,” she said.
Acknowledging that her own experience and fear that cancer might return have changed her life for the better, she is determined to take advantage of every opportunity.
She said: “I already know that you only get it once in a lifetime, so now I’m going to look for opportunities that I was too scared to try before.
“For example, I recently got a job at McDonalds, which doesn’t sound like much, but I never thought I’d have the guts to do something like that. Before I got cancer, I was too worried.
“It’s still hard to talk about how tough it is to get through cancer, especially at a young age, but I’ve met some amazing people who will be friends for life.
“And I want to tell any other young people diagnosed with cancer.” Yes, it’s scary, but there’s a lot of great support out there for you and your family and they’ll help you through this.
“Also, if you have anxiety, remember that you know your body better than anyone else, so if you feel like something is wrong, ask for help and don’t stop until you get it.”
According to the Teen Cancer Trust – the UK’s only charity dedicated to providing specialist medical care and support to young people who have been diagnosed with cancer – this is Seven common signs of cancer in 13-24 year olds.
- Tiredness is inexplicable
- Persistent pain
- Serious weight loss
- Change moles
None of these symptoms mean you definitely have cancer, but it’s important that you get checked out.
For more information about the work of the Teen Cancer Trust, visit: www.teenagecancertrust.org/signs or check out the charity’s social media platforms.
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