A Pennsylvania mother stated that only a few weeks after the birth of her first daughter, stage 3 colon cancer was diagnosed.
OHIO MOM diagnosed with ARZNEI CANCER 6 months after birth
. was informed that she was pregnant.
"I've been through all the preparations for the trial, including a pregnancy test," the mother-of-two told Yahoo Lifestyle. "But just as I prepared for anesthesia, the result came: I was pregnant."
To ensure the safety of her unborn child, Ricottone decided to suspend the test. Months later, in January 2016, she gave birth to a healthy girl named her and Chris named Charlie Elizabeth.
But only two weeks later, Ricottone got serious health complications, Yahoo Lifestyle said that she went to the bathroom and "suddenly" there was blood all over, both from my rectum and from my vagina. "
" I was so dizzy and weak that I could barely stand, "she added.
As most would probably assume, Ricottone first thought she had a delivery complications or possibly hemorrhoids that had the bleeding However, after a colonoscopy she was soon informed of a much more serious diagnosis: stage 3B of colorectal cancer According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, stage 3B is diagnosed when cancer has grown in or through the outermost layer of the colon or rectum and has spread to nearby organs or tissues, which also means that the cancer near the primary site has spread to up to three lymph nodes, but not to distant organs.
"Even after I received the message , I was totally shocked, I did not cry – I was totally disbelieving, I was so young and had no fami History of colorectal cancer. It just did not seem possible. "
" When I woke up from the procedure, the nurse hugged me and told me that she got my husband, which I found funny. "Said Ricottone. "Even after receiving the news, I was totally shocked. I did not cry – I was totally disbelieving. I was so young and had no family history of colon cancer. It just did not seem possible.
The new mother was then undergoing surgery to remove the tumor in her large intestine, which Ricottone claims was so large, "he would have perforated my bowels in a matter of days.
Ricottone After the surgery, six months of chemotherapy followed, which ended in February 2017. Not long after, the 37-year-old was admitted to the emergency room for a stomach virus. During her time at the hospital, Ricottone learned again that she was pregnant – this time with a boy.
"I never got my period back, but I just assumed that chemotherapy got me into premature menopause," she said.
At that time, Ricottone was still undergoing CT scans to make sure the cancer had not returned. She decided to put future CT scans on hold until birth. In September 2017, about a month after the birth of her son Michael, a scan showed that the cancer had spread to her lungs.
"Here I was again, with a newborn and a cancer diagnosis," she added, and friends helped the family with "round-the-clock care."
After at least one surgery and other chemotherapy treatments, Ricottone achieved a remission that, according to Yahoo Lifestyle, had remained for 16 months.
Symptoms of colon cancer Typical are rectal bleeding, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss and "persistent abdominal discomfort", according to Mayo Clinic.
Although the majority of people diagnosed with this type of cancer are typically 50 years of age or older, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2017 found that colorectal cancer and rectal cancer "were found in the The US is increasingly occurring among adults and middle-aged adults, "said the American Cancer Society, which led the study. The company then lowered its recommended age for colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45.
Ricottone, a nurse by profession, now encourages early screening and raises awareness of colorectal cancer.
To be able to pass early
"Even some doctors will remove hemorrhages as hemorrhoids in a 30-year-old. But it should still be screened with a colonoscopy, "she said.
Ricottone added," I have so much to live on – every time I come home from work and see my children so healthy and happy, it motivates me to keep fighting. "