Mum gained weight due to a tumor the size of a newborn baby.


Mum gained weight due to a tumor the size of a newborn baby.

A mother who felt her Christmas weight “wouldn’t go away” turned out to have a malignant tumor the size of a “newborn baby.”

Sue Benson, 60, from St Helens, began to feel a cyst in her stomach that she describes as “the size of a little orange.”

Sue, who works for the North West Ambulance Service, said she couldn’t figure out why she hadn’t lost weight despite eating well over the holidays, but when she felt something in her stomach, she went to her GP to get to the bottom of it.

Sue was told the “cyst” was actually a tumor after being referred to the hospital and later to a specialist, and she was diagnosed with retroperitoneal sarcoma, a rare malignancy that can impact bone or soft tissue.

The mother-of-two said at the time that the tumor was “the size of a new born baby” in length and that she had to go to physiotherapy following the surgery to learn how to walk again.

“I wondered why my trousers were still feeling tight in 2019 right after Christmas,” Sue told the ECHO. When you realize you have that Christmas excess baggage, and it was the end of January, you know it’s time to do something about it.

“I couldn’t figure out why I was eating so good and healthy.” I was experiencing something in my stomach that felt like a cyst.

“I could feel it and sort of wobble it between my fingers the more I touched it.” That’s how I first became aware of it, and I went to the doctor. It resembled a tiny orange.

“By the beginning of February, I had seen my GP and they couldn’t figure out what it was; it was really weird, and they couldn’t figure out what it was or who to send me to.”

Sue claims she was quickly referred to Liverpool Royal Hospital, where she was told they didn’t know what it was until she got up and the doctor noticed her “belly button and everything move to the right” instead of being aligned in the middle.

The mother of two was then taken to the hospital after an MRI scan. The summary comes to a close.


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