Staffordshire woman thought she was having a phantom pregnancy – only to find out it was cancer


A young Staffordshire woman who was convinced she was having a phantom pregnancy when her stomach swelled up suddenly was hearbroken to be told she had cancer.

Jasmin Byrd first went to the doctors last July after her stomach became suddenly bloated.

The 40-year-old assumed she was having some sort of false pregnancy, but the results were much worse.

And her ordeal also sent her mental health into a downward spiral.

Jasmin told BurtonLive : “It all started last year when my stomach swelled up. I looked like I was pregnant.

“I just knew something wasn’t right and I had it in my head it was a phantom pregnancy.

“I kept pushing to be seen and when I finally had the scan they found a shadow on my lung.

“I had a biopsy two days before Christmas and they diagnosed me  with lung cancer in January.”

Jasmin started treatment straight away.

She said: “I knew it wasn’t good but I never imagined it was cancer. I was horrified.

“I had an operation last month, they had to remove half of the lung and break a couple of my ribs to do the operation.

“But it went well and now I am hoping to get the all clear.”

She said her battle with the disease has sometimes felt hard to overcome, especially as she suffers from bipolar disorder which affects her mood.

She was diagnosed with the mental health disorder in 2015 after a bad break up led to her attempting suicide.

Jasmin Byrd is pictured with her friend Cherry Buckley

Jasmin, from Burton, said: “There’s been times when it has been hard, really hard. I was struggling with my mental health at one point and I was refusing the operation and saying just let the cancer kill me.

“I pushed my friends away and I wasn’t the nicest person. I found it hard to deal with the cancer. It was so hard mentally. It was a dark time.”

Her friend Cherry Buckley set up a fund-raiser to pay for a treat for her friend to take her mind off her treatment.

Jasmin said: “I’m so grateful I’ve got so many kind friends that helped me through it and I can’t thank everyone enough. They’re the reason I’m still here today.

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“Cherry has been amazing, she told me about the fund-raiser while I was in hospital and said people had donated £200.

“I was so overwhelmed I started crying. It honestly meant so much to me after everything.”





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