- Lindsey Gritton stated she was misdiagnosed with a clogged milk duct when she was 34 weeks pregnant.
- After requesting an ultrasound, Gritton stated she was recognized with stage 4 most cancers.
- She stated she needs different younger ladies to know the significance of advocating for themselves.
Lindsey Gritton stated she was 34 weeks pregnant along with her second daughter when she started to expertise a burning sensation in her proper armpit and the skin of her proper breast in April. The burning would come and go, she stated, but it surely endured for a couple of week. Shortly after, the 29-year-old stated she found a lump on the outer proper aspect of her breast, the scale of a small marble.
Gritton stated the lump felt comparable to a clogged milk duct she had in her first being pregnant, however this one was somewhat completely different as a result of she could not unclog it herself, and the ache was persistent. She scheduled an appointment along with her ob-gyn, who advised her it was probably a clogged milk duct inflicting mastitis, an irritation of the breast tissue. The physician prescribed her antibiotics, however Gritton stated she nonetheless felt skeptical.
Gritton recalled her physician saying: “I’ve seen this a thousand occasions. I’ve so many individuals with this downside after they’re pregnant.”
“And I simply knew what a clogged duct felt like,” Gritton stated. “And so at the back of my head, I knew that it wasn’t that.”
Gritton stated she insisted on getting an ultrasound, even after her physician advised her she was too younger for it to be most cancers. “She did not even need to do an ultrasound. I needed to simply maintain asking for it. I used to be like, ‘I really want to get an ultrasound as a result of I am actually fearful about it,'” she stated.
Gritton stated that when she went in for her appointment a couple of days later, she knew from trying on the ultrasound technician’s face that one thing was unsuitable.
“She stored going over it along with her little wand factor, and he or she stored trying on the display screen. They are not allowed to say something to you, however I might simply inform by that look on her face that it simply wasn’t good,” she stated.
She stated her ultrasound outcomes indicated a excessive chance of most cancers, and a biopsy every week later confirmed that she had invasive ductal carcinoma. She stated docs advised her the most cancers had seemingly already unfold due to the scale of the tumor. They could not know for positive, although, till they took a PET scan, which wasn’t attainable whereas Gritton was pregnant due to the radioactive tracers used within the scan, which can expose unborn youngsters to radiation.
Gritton’s being pregnant was induced every week later, she stated, three weeks earlier than her authentic due date. After she gave delivery, she stated the PET scan confirmed that she had stage 4 most cancers that had unfold to her liver. She began chemotherapy two weeks later.
Gritton is hopeful, regardless of her analysis
Gritton stated she’s been present process chemotherapy for 4 months and goes in for remedies each three weeks. She stated she feels fortunate to dwell near her husband’s household in Gainesville, Georgia, who care for the youngsters sometimes.
Gritton stated she’s hopeful that chemotherapy can eradicate most of her most cancers. Her most up-to-date scans confirmed that 80% of it’s gone, she stated.
Advocating for herself saved her life
Gritton stated she needs to let ladies know the significance of advocating for themselves after they’re fearful about their well being.
“If I would not have advocated for myself, I do not even assume I would be right here at this time. As a result of from what they advised me with my blood work and every part, my liver was already failing,” she stated.
Younger ladies must also get screened for breast most cancers repeatedly, particularly after they’re pregnant, she stated.