Lauren Knowles, 27-years-old, from Perth, Western Australia, was forced to ‘give birth’ to a cancerous mass after discovering her pregnancy bump was actually a tumor. The mother-of-two was heartbroken when she discovered at seven-weeks ‘pregnant’ her unborn baby was a deadly disease.
Lauren was elated when her pregnancy test read positive. Unfortunately, after she noticed heavy spotting at seven and a half weeks she was sent for a scan.
The doctor told her that she was enduring a molar pregnancy, ” a cluster of cells known as the gestational trophoblastic disease” and that the mass was cancerous.
Lauren’s tumor continued to grow at an alarming rate despite having the cancerous tissue removed. She continued to undergo grueling chemo, hair loss and relapsing.
Lauren ‘gave birth’ to the cancerous mass alone in the toilet when she felt the urge to push after experiencing agonizing stomach cramps.
Lauren, now 29, was elated once the tumor (the size of pear) was removed and she was finally cancer free.
Doctors warned her she would struggle to conceive in the future. She proved them wrong when she later became pregnant with Indi, now 10 months old, one year later.
Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Lauren, said: ‘The tumor grew in my womb the same way a baby would, the same hormones were produced and my pregnancy tests always came back positive.
‘There was no way that I thought it was cancer but after I started bleeding, I had further tests when I was seven weeks pregnant. The scan showed that the mass in my womb was cancer and I started chemotherapy straight away.’
‘I lost all my hair and three months after starting treatment, I gave birth to the mass in the hospital toilets. The mass was the same size as a baby at 17 weeks so it was a big tumor to push out with no assistance.’
‘I was so relieved when I saw the tumor down the toilet as I knew my ordeal was finally over. And after all my treatment, the light at the end of the tunnel was falling pregnant with Indi one year later.’
She added: ‘I wasn’t particularly nervous as I had spotted heavily with my first child, Charlie, five.’
‘But doctors decided to do a scan just to double check the pregnancy was all running smoothly, and that’s when they told me that it was a molar pregnancy. I didn’t even know what that was so they gave me a fact sheet – as I was reading it my heart just started to sink.’
‘My tumor was cancerous so I started a low dose chemotherapy treatment, but the tumor kept growing back.’
‘It was terrifying and one day I took my son to the park and pushed him on the swings, I looked down and saw that there was blood everywhere.’
‘I had to be rushed to the hospital and that’s when I had six cycles of high toxin chemotherapy, and I lost all my hair in the week.’
Lauren’s health continued to deteriorate during April 2015 after five months of treatment.
Lauren, a full-time-mom, said: ‘I had a very strong pain in my stomach, so I got up and took my hospital drip to the toilet. When I was sat on the toilet I felt myself having to push, and it was very painful.’
‘After the pain I stood up and looked down the toilet and saw a massive dark mass in the pan. A massive sense of relief came over me and I knew it was the end – I felt so thankful that the tumor was finally out of me.’
The enormous tumor damaged Lauren’s womb and doctors warned she’d struggle to get pregnant in the future. After being told to wait for a year to try, Lauren became pregnant with her daughter, three months after her year-gap was up.
Lauren added: ‘My whole pregnancy I was terrified that it would be molar again, so I wasn’t able to enjoy the feeling of carrying a child. When we went to our first scan and saw the baby’s heartbeat I couldn’t stop crying because I knew it was real.’
‘Indi was then born five-weeks early as an emergency c-section. She was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t believe I had actually had my dream second child because I never thought it would happen.’
‘I want to give people hope that even in the worst scenarios, what seems impossible is still possible, whilst raising more awareness to molar pregnancy.’
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