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My sister was told she had ‘pregnancy symptoms’

A WOMEN who thinks her symptoms are just due to being pregnant discovers that she actually has cancer.

Julia Volkova, 38, is currently fighting for her life for her unborn child as her older sister Alina looks “helpless”.

Julia (left) thinks her symptoms are just part of the pregnancy. She is pictured with her little sister Alina

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Julia (left) thinks her symptoms are just part of the pregnancy. She is pictured with her little sister AlinaCredit: BPM
Julia in the hospital

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Julia in the hospitalCredit: BPM

Julia, a self-employed beautician, was delighted with the news that she will be a mother for the first time when she becomes pregnant in August 2021.

Alina, from West London, described the family’s reaction, saying: “Everybody is very happy because this is the first baby in the family, the first grandchild, so so much excitement.”

However, Julia began to experience cramps, unusual bleeding (spotting) and abdominal pain, MyLondon reported.

Symptoms like these in pregnancy This means you should urgently call a midwife, as it could be due to something as serious as an ectopic pregnancy.

Alina declares Julia’s symptom attributed to early pregnancy and she was also diagnosed with uterine fibroids.

She was given anti-sickness and pain medication to treat noncancerous tumors that are common in women.

But a few weeks later, Julia started losing weight and her energy levels dropped – main symptoms belong to cancer.

With severe stomach pain in December 2021, she went to A&E and started bleeding internally.

Doctors observed changes to her cervix and, after an MRI and biopsy, the family received the worst news they could imagine.

Julia has an aggressive form cervical cancer.

The symptoms These include pain in the lower back, abdomen, or pelvis, pain during sex, vaginal bleeding, and changes in discharge.

The NHS says for people with conditions such as fibroids or endometriosis, these symptoms may already be frequent, but it’s important to be checked by a GP if things go wrong. worsen.

Alina said: “Obviously it was devastating, and we were very worried and scared for my sister’s life, and for her baby’s future, because we didn’t know what was going to happen. out.”

Mother and child fighting

At that time, Julia was 4 months pregnant so she was allowed to continue the pregnancy.

Alina said: “It’s terrible, you know, it’s possible to be diagnosed with anything like that at any time, but having to go through this when you’re pregnant and scared for your life and your child. It’s terrible.”

Julia had to undergo three rounds of chemotherapy, which, combined with the symptoms of pregnancy, made it both physically and mentally exhausting.

Alina said: “Sometimes she[Julia]I was in so much pain that nothing really helped, and it just hurt to see her so poor.

“She is doing very well. I mean, she’s very strong.

“Sometimes I think, and God forbid if I imagine myself in that situation, I don’t know what I would do or feel because it just increases my anxiety to extremes.”

In March, when Julia was only 33 weeks pregnant, she would have to have a preterm cesarean section before undergoing a life-saving surgery.

She is only 38 years old. It will put her into early menopause… That’s just the price to pay for her health

AlinaJulia’s sister

She will have a hysterectomy, which removes her cervix, uterus and ovaries, putting her into immediate menopause.

“You just have to hope and pray that everything goes well,” says Alina.

“She’s just 38. It’ll put her in early menopause but you just have to think about the obvious, which is her life.

“It’s more important than anything else, (and her baby obviously) and it’s just the price of health.”

The baby will then spend time in the NICU, and Julia may need more chemotherapy or radiation to get over the disease.

Julia seems to be taking the opportunity to experiment with colorful wigs as chemotherapy has caused her to lose all her hair.

Alina said she loves her positivity, saying: “I just admire her courage, it’s unbelievable.”

To support Julia, Alina started a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of her loss of income during treatment.

She said: “You feel helpless. There’s nothing you can do. Of course, I can support and help as much as I can but there’s nothing else I can do.

“That’s why I started this fundraiser – just to help her out a little bit, just to ease the extra burden of anxiety she has.”

Alina has received donations for Julia and says she is “forever grateful” for the support.

She will also organize piano lessons and charity performances to raise extra funds and actively help her sister.

You can donate here.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17547879/sister-told-pregnancy-symptoms-normal-cervical-cancer-fighting-life/ My sister was told she had ‘pregnancy symptoms’

Emma Bowman

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