Wisbech mum of four urges women to get checked out after cancer diagnosis
A Wisbech woman who is facing a major operation after being diagnosed with cancer is urging other women to get themselves checked out.
53-year-old Debi Bourne is due to have a hysterectomy on Tuesday (14) after a biopsy showed cancer in her womb.
Now the 53-year is urging others to make sure they have all the routine tests including smear tests to protect their health.
The mum of four boys explained how she thought she was suffering the menopause as she was having the 'tropical moments' of hot flushes and her periods had stopped.
But after a year she suddenly started bleeding and it went on for three weeks.
She said: "It was a bit of a shock as I thought I was done with all that. I went to the doctor because it went on for so long and was quite heavy. He sent me for tests and I saw gynae consultant and had a biopsy and an MRI scan.
"It came back that I had cancer in my womb. I first saw the doctor in January and I saw the consultant in February, now I'm booked in for the hysterectomy so it has all happened pretty quickly."
Debi, whose third son Xenon, 25, has cerebral palsy and was featured in the BBC's The Unbreakables: Life & Love on Disability Campus, said her diagnosis was a real shock because she had made sure she attended all the regular check-ups.
But urged women out there who have not had a smear test to go and get checked out. She also wants women who may have symptoms but have dismissed them because like her they have had all the tests to see their doctors.
Debi said: "I have a lot of health problems including IBS and I did put stomach cramps down to that. But when I started bleeding I knew something was not write. We know our bodies and if we feel something is wrong then we should get it checked out.
"Hopefully the cancer has not spread and when I the hysterectomy it will have gone but it could have been worse if I hadn't gone to the doctor. I would urge anyone who has any symptoms or a feeling something is not right to make a doctors' appointment today, you never know it might save your life."
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