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New Mom Thought She Just Had A Sore Throat - It Turned Out To Be Cancer

One woman who had just given birth experienced everyone's worst nightmare. What she thought was a simple but stubborn sore throat turned out to be stage 4 cancer.

The Mississippi mom is hoping a new treatment will be available soon that might give her a fighting chance, but she wants to issue a warning to people that we've all heard and ignored: get to the doctor.

Kristin Freeze delivered her first-born child in 2014, and three weeks later she developed what she thought was swollen glands. The mom thought she had strep throat.

A trip to the doctor revealed that it was something much worse. She had a malignant tumor in her throat that had probably been growing for five years.

Freeze was rushed into surgery to have the baseball-sized tumor and lymph nodes removed, but the cancer cells had already spread.

The 35-year-old mom now wishes she didn't ignore sore throats and occasional stomach pain. She never thought they were anything serious until the doctor felt that lump in her neck.

"I just heard “cancer” and I thought I was going to die. I was terrified. I had a new baby and he needed me," she said in an interview with Women's Health.

When she went into surgery four days later, she thought she was going to have the tumor removed from a small incision. Instead, she was shocked that her neck was practically dissected.

"Instead, the surgeon cut open my neck practically from ear to ear after he discovered the cancer had spread," she explains.

A tumor had consumed her right vocal cord, and 18 lymph nodes had to be removed. At stage 4, however, Freeze's cancer was far too advanced for the surgeons to get it all.

With cancer cells still in her body, Freeze’s future is uncertain. Thyroid cancer doesn't respond well to chemotherapy, so she now goes to Texas every six months to get a scan at a cancer center to monitor her for tumors. The fear is that they'll begin to grow.

One terrible side effect from the surgery was that a nerve got damaged. Freeze couldn't move her right arm anymore, making it very hard for her to hold her baby and take care of him on her own.

Even with all she's been through, Freeze is remaining positive. "As long as these tumors aren't growing, I take that as good news," she says.

So many of us go without health insurance, or avoid doctors when we know something is wrong because we don't want to pay out of pocket costs, or because we don't want to waste the time. We never expect something to be serious, but sometimes it is. It's better to nip it in the bud before it's too late.

Thankfully, for Freeze, it’s not too late. She’s not ready to give up yet and is making the most of now with her little boy. “I don’t think anything bad will happen, but if it did, I’d want my son to have fond memories of me, to know who I was,” she said.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Facebook, Kristin Freeze via Women's Health

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