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13 Jul 2018

News In Pictures: Little girl trying to tell mum she had cancer in this Picture

A mum believes her toddler daughter was trying to tell her she had a tumour in recent a family snap.
Megan Bassett and her daughter Marnie (Image: Bristol Post WS)

Megan Bassett was travelling home from Weston-super-Mare' s beach with her family when she discovered a massive lump on her neck, the Bristol Post reports

Concerned by its size, the 26-year-old sought medical advice and after scans she was eventually diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma which had spread to various parts of her body.

It was only when Megan looked back at photos taken at the beach that she noticed a picture of her daughter Marnie, aged 22 months, holding her neck with an anxious expression on her face.

Megan said: “This photo was taken only a couple of hours before I found the lump. I find it really strange how she was holding my neck exactly where the lump was with a slightly concerned look on her face, it’s as if she was trying to give me a little sign…”
This was the picture which made Megan think her daughter could have felt her tumour (Image: Just Giving)
In her own words on the JustGiving page , Megan said: “When the day arrived to discuss my results I was so scared we arrived at the hospital earlier than our appointment and we were called in straight away -never a good sign - and a doctor was sat waiting for me.

"I felt like I was going to faint I can’t really remember what he first said but all I heard was I’m afraid to say that you have the Hodgkins lymphoma. It’s cancer and you will need chemo for your treatment.”
The 26-year-old sought medical advice and after scans she was eventually diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma (Image: Bristol Post WS)

“I broke down, it felt like my whole world around me was crashing and all I had in my head was my daughter Marnie, I need to be strong for her I need to get better for her. The journey home from the hospital was a blur I just went into some kind of strange daze and was hoping I would wake up soon and it all be a nightmare.

“I just kept thinking about how the hell am I supposed to look after a very energetic toddler whilst going through chemo, I want to be the best mum I can be to Marnie but how am I supposed to do that whilst trying to fight cancer?

"Another major concern of mine was how ugly I was going to look without my hair. I love my long hair and now that will be taken away from me as well."

Megan had another devastating blow when she found out the cancer had spread to her neck, chest and liver.

She said: "I burst out in tears all I kept thinking was why me? I had so hoped in my head that it wouldn’t have gone to a stage 4 and then bang yet again more bad news.

The reality of it all really sunk in then I was seen my one of the chemotherapy nurses and we had a long discussion. On the way out of the hospital I walked passed the chemotherapy suite and I just felt sick.

“I’m going to continue to blog throughout my chemotherapy treatment as I want to share my story and help raise awareness. when I was diagnosed I was constantly searching the internet to look at other people’s experience with going through chemo and fighting cancer in a way it gave me some hope and comfort that you are not alone so I want to do the same on my page.

"I want to document my battle so I can also look back on it and remember that I am a stronger person then I ever thought I could be.”

Friend Jo Smith, who set up the JustGiving fundraising page said: “Amazingly, we have raised enough within 24 hours to help cover the costs of a custom-made wig by celebrity hairstylist Carl Bembridge and also to have her eggs frozen. But we would love to cover future costs of Megan’s fertility treatment when she’s better; ongoing medical care and maybe even a family holiday to Disneyland.

“We actually met through mum and baby groups and she has inspired me so much. She is the most sweet, genuine and kind person I’ve ever met. Marnie absolutely adores her mum and Megan is such a creative, hands on mum to Marnie. They are inseparable.”

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