Woman diagnosed with 2 types of cancer after mistaking it for pregnancy
- Mia Mackin opted for a random health after noticing that her heart was beating at a faster rate than usual
- Since she led a healthy life, she assumed that she could have been pregnant
- Tests confirmed that she had Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma and Stage 2 Thyroid cancer at the same time
Irish lifestyle blogger and influencer Mia Mackin, who thought she was pregnant, found out that she actually had two types of cancer at the same time. The 25-year-old opted for a random health after noticing that her heart was beating at a faster rate than usual. Since she led a healthy life and did not smoke or drink, she assumed that she could have been pregnant.
"I went to the hospital on a whim after a work health check showed my resting heart rate was a lot higher than normal. If I'm being honest about the situation, I was ninety-five per cent sure I was pregnant. The health check at work was the last straw," she said, Mirror UK reported.
However, a chest x-ray showed a large shadow around her heart. She was told that it could be an infection and was asked to undergo another scan, the results of which showed that she had a large mass between her heart and lungs. Her doctor said she had Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma and Stage 2 Thyroid cancer and that she was not pregnant. Following four rounds and eight treatments of chemotherapy, she was cancer-free.
"I've only ever cried twice through it all; I cried when I got told I had cancer for a few minutes (purely out of shock) and I cried when they told me I was cancer-free," she said.
Recalling the moment she was told that she was cancer-free, Mackin said, "The moment was something I really can't put into words. I was so incredibly proud of myself. Grateful for life, happy and ecstatic. I spent the day alone; I wanted to take it all in. Straight after the phone call, I filmed an Instagram story, crying my eyes out to my followers. They had been so supportive and still are. I wanted to tell them first."
Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system, is one of the most common cancers to affect people in their teens and early 20s. Around 2,100 people are diagnosed with it in the United Kingdom every ear. Thyroid cancer, on the other hand, is a less common type of cancer and is mainly seen in women.