A young and fit woman issued a dire warning after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Sydney Towle, 23, is an active young lady from California who ignored early warning signs that something was wrong with her when she started running out of breath and suffering from burning sensations in her stomach.
After she finally went to the hospital to see a doctor, Sydney underwent a series of tests and screenings including an ultrasound, an MRI, and a biopsy.
Upon reviewing the results, a massive growth was found in the woman’s liver, leading to the girl getting diagnosed with an aggressive form of cholangiocarcinoma, a bile duct cancer.
“I’m typically an active person but suddenly I started feeling short of breath, and this strange burning sensation took hold in my tummy,” the 23-year-old shared as she urged people never to ignore symptoms.
“After ignoring my symptoms, I finally decided to go to the doctor. They did an ultrasound, then an MRI and a biopsy. When I received those initial MRI results, and they pointed to a solid mass in my liver, I just knew it was cancer.
“I immediately called my family, tears streaming down my face. It took me quite a while to fully grasp the reality of my diagnosis.”
Following the shocking news, the 23-year-old admitted she struggles with making plans for her future because everything in her fire is now uncertain.
“It’s also really hard to plan in the short term, such as dinners or going out with friends, when I don’t know how I’ll feel physically or emotionally on a given day,” she explained.
“There are so many things I want to do now, given that I don’t know how much longer I have, but I can’t plan my bucket list or any fun trips while receiving treatment and not knowing where surgery will take me.”
Sydney also opened up about documenting her journey on TikTok as she revealed she wants to keep sharing her health updates and inspiring people to take care of their bodies.
“Don’t skip those regular healthcare check-ups, and never ignore any health concerns. I did that, assuming youth could shield me from serious issues, and it taught me a tough lesson,” she concluded.
“To my friends and followers, just be yourselves – no need to change because of my diagnosis. Let my journey inspire you to live life to the fullest and be as happy as you can be.”
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