Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

A mother of two whose terminal cancer was missed when her routine surgery was canceled due to lockdown is now struggling to ‘make memories’ for her children.

Kelly Pendry, 41, has vowed to fight the disease for her family and warn other women who may be in her position.

Mrs. Pendry was supposed to have removed normally harmless growths called fibroids along with her uterus through a hysterectomy, but the surgery was scrapped during the pandemic.

She then got the devastating news that one of the fibroids was actually a rare form of cancer – which has now spread to her lungs, breast and lymph nodes.

Kelly Pendry, 41, with her husband Michael received the devastating news that she was developing a rare form of uterine cancer after surgery, which may have caught the tumor, was canceled during the Covid lockdown

Kelly Pendry, 41, with her husband Michael received the devastating news that she was developing a rare form of uterine cancer after surgery, which may have caught the tumor, was canceled during the Covid lockdown

Kelly (far right) says she is now struggling to create memories for her children, Isla, 7, (left) and Sam, 9, (left), where the missing cancer has now spread to her lungs, breast and lymph nodes

Kelly (far right) says she is now struggling to create memories for her children, Isla, 7, (left) and Sam, 9, (left), where the missing cancer has now spread to her lungs, breast and lymph nodes

Kelly Pendry with her husband Michael, whom she described as her 'rock'

Family and friends have gathered around the couple with £ 11,000 now raised for their children

Kelly Pendry and her husband Michael, whom she described as her ‘rock’ during the devastating ordeal in which the mother of two said she did not want what happened to her to happen to others

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are a non-carcinogenic growth of muscle and fibrous tissue that develop in the uterus of about one-third of women.

They can grow to the size of a pea or a melon.

Who gets them?

They are most common in women aged 30 to 50 years.

They are also thought to be more common in women of African-Caribbean descent as well as in women who are overweight or obese.

Women who have children have a lower risk of developing fibroids, as the risk decreases per. Number of children.

Why do they occur?

The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought that the appearance of fibroids is linked to the reproductive hormone estrogen.

What are the symptoms?

Most women who get fibroids will be ignorant as only a third develop symptoms.

Symptoms may include heavy or painful menstruation, abdominal pain, low back pain, frequent urination, constipation or pain or discomfort during sex.

What are the treatments for fibroids?

In general, only women who have symptoms of their fibroids will receive treatment.

In most cases, medication is prescribed to either relieve the symptoms or in more severe cases to shrink the fibroids.

Surgery, as a hysterectomy to remove the uterus, is generally considered only if the symptoms are particularly severe and if medication has been ineffective.

Are they dangerous?

Most fibroids are harmless and they shrink or disappear over time, especially after menopause.

However, a very rare cancer can develop from fibroid. This is called uterine leiomyosarcoma.

This aggressive cancer is thought to develop in only about one to five out of every 1,000 women with fibroids.

It is mostly diagnosed after a biopsy of fibroids after a hysterectomy to treat the condition.

Even if caught early, half of women with cancer will die within five years.

If it spreads beyond the uterus, survival beyond five years becomes remote, with only 14 percent of women living that long.

Mrs Pendry from Ewloe in North Wales said she was now standing and wondering what could have happened if the operation had started and the cancer was discovered.

‘The diagnosis came as quite a shock and I sometimes think about whether I would be in this position now if I had had a hysterectomy or been monitored more closely,’ she said.

‘Before the pandemic, everything was set for me to continue with hysterectomy, I had even signed the consent forms.

‘Unfortunately because all routine surgeries were canceled, it never happened and I was put on other medications that they hoped would shrink fibroids, but it did not.’

Fibroids are a common growth of muscle and fibrous tissue that occurs in the uterus of about one-third of women at some point in their lives.

They are relatively harmless, but in some cases can cause discomfort and pain.

The real potential danger of fibroids is due to the fact that they develop into a rare form of cancer, as in Mrs Pendry’s case.

One such cancer, called uterine leiomyosarcoma, affects about one to five out of every 1,000 women with fibroids.

Uterine leiomyosarcoma is an aggressive form of cancer that is usually only diagnosed at random when a woman has a hysterectomy to remove fibroids and they are then examined.

Even if they are caught early, only about half of the women who develop the cancer live longer than five years.

If not caught early, the chances of survival drop rapidly, with fewer than 14 percent of women who have had the cancer spreading to other parts of the body living more than five years.

Mrs Pendry is just one of millions of people in the UK whose operation was delayed or canceled due to the chaos of the pandemic.

More than 1.5 million NHS operations were canceled or delayed in the UK by 2020, which is expected to balloon to over 2 million by the end of this year, according to a report released in July.

When the operation was canceled, Mrs. Pendry was given medication to shrink fibroids, but unfortunately the treatment did not work.

Mrs Pendry, who is currently undergoing palliative chemotherapy, is determined to fight the cancer with the support of her husband Michael.

‘I want people to know my story because fibroids are so common, and I do not want what has happened to me to happen to others,’ she said.

‘I want to be the person who beats all the odds, even if it just gives me more time to make memories with my family because they mean the word to me.’

‘My husband is my rock and I have two phenomenal children, so I am determined to fight for them no matter what.’

Benevolent has gathered in the family and started a fundraiser that has raised more than £ 11,000 for Mrs Pendry’s two children Isla, seven and Sam, nine.

Mrs Pendry said: ‘I always donate to fundraisers like this and I feel terrible when I see what people are going through, but you never think you will be in a position where people donate to help you.

‘It has all been overwhelming, but in a good way we have hit the jackpot with our friends and family and I cannot thank them enough for the kindness they have shown us in recent weeks.

‘The staff at Ewloe Green Primary School have been fantastic and I’m so grateful that Isla and Sam have this safety net of people who will look after them.’

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