Bromley woman's struggle with cancer after doctors wrongly attribute her symptoms to pregnancy

Bromley woman's struggle with cancer after doctors wrongly attribute her symptoms to pregnancy

Bromley woman's struggle with cancer after doctors wrongly attribute her symptoms to pregnancy

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A Bromley woman who was suffering from symptoms attributed to her pregnancy for nearly two years actually had bowel cancer.

Janine Pearce, 34, of Hilldrop Road, Bromley, was pregnant when she went to her GP suffering with undiagnosed symptoms.

At the time they were dismissed as nothing serious and were thought to be related to her pregnancy.

Following the birth of her daughter Indie, Ms Pearce continued to suffer with the symptoms but, even after several visits to her GP, she was repeatedly told it was nothing to worry about.

Eight months after giving birth she was rushed to Lewisham hospital when she was violently sick. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer

She was sent to St Thomas’ hospital for surgery to remove a tumour and underwent eight months of chemotherapy.

Ms Pearce said: "It was a tough time for all of us but it was Indie who got me through it. She was my inspiration."

Six months after completing chemotherapy Ms Pearce took part in a 26 mile charity walk to raise money for cancer research. She sadly lost her father to a brain tumour two days later.                  

She is currently in training for a second Shine marathon.

She said: "Last time, there was a brilliant atmosphere and the volunteers around the course did an excellent job of spurring us on and offering help if we needed it, along with Deep Heat and Jelly Babies. 

"The first half was the hardest, but after that, we knew the end was in sight and we weren’t going to give up."

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4:46pm Sat 30 Aug 14

mouthalmighty says...

Gps seem to be killing more people with their lacksidaisicle uncaring behaviour. Well done janine for getting through this and good luck with the next marathon.
Gps seem to be killing more people with their lacksidaisicle uncaring behaviour. Well done janine for getting through this and good luck with the next marathon. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 9

4:46pm Sat 30 Aug 14

mouthalmighty says...

Gps seem to be killing more people with their lacksidaisicle uncaring behaviour. Well done janine for getting through this and good luck with the next marathon.
Gps seem to be killing more people with their lacksidaisicle uncaring behaviour. Well done janine for getting through this and good luck with the next marathon. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 6

7:58pm Sat 30 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gp's just seem to go through the motions these days. Half of them are under qualified yet accepted by practces because they need extra assistance. Most of them are over worked and keeping to time schedules which often leads to wrong diagnosises or prolonged hospital appointments having to be made.
Its good to see this lady up and about and being positive about life. All the best to you and to your family.
Gp's just seem to go through the motions these days. Half of them are under qualified yet accepted by practces because they need extra assistance. Most of them are over worked and keeping to time schedules which often leads to wrong diagnosises or prolonged hospital appointments having to be made. Its good to see this lady up and about and being positive about life. All the best to you and to your family. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 7

12:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

PaulErith says...

I have a lot of sympathy with the medical profession. Obviously there's some 'bad eggs' out there that really don't care. However, I think the biggest problem is that they're overworked. You look at the way the nurses run around on wards in hospitals. They're low paid and do a stupid amount of hours under high pressure. It's no wonder they make a few mistakes along the way.

Saying that, when it happens to you personally, you're not going to be happy so it's good that this lady has got through it.
I have a lot of sympathy with the medical profession. Obviously there's some 'bad eggs' out there that really don't care. However, I think the biggest problem is that they're overworked. You look at the way the nurses run around on wards in hospitals. They're low paid and do a stupid amount of hours under high pressure. It's no wonder they make a few mistakes along the way. Saying that, when it happens to you personally, you're not going to be happy so it's good that this lady has got through it. PaulErith
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Wed 10 Sep 14

princessneeny says...

Hi

I'm Janine, the woman of the article. Thank you for your well wishes.

I would like to say that I by no means blame my GP at the time. I honestly wouldn't have expected them to consider bowel cancer considering the fact I was pregnant - the symptoms I had are common issues in pregnancy.

I have had the most amazing care from the NHS. The A&E staff, chemo nurses and oncologists at Lewisham and my surgical team at St Thomas' were amazing! And the aftercare I received from my GP and continue to receive from St Thomas' was/is outstanding! I cannot rate the NHS enough!

That said more needs to be done to beat cancer and that's why I'm walking through the night on 27th :-)

Janine
Hi I'm Janine, the woman of the article. Thank you for your well wishes. I would like to say that I by no means blame my GP at the time. I honestly wouldn't have expected them to consider bowel cancer considering the fact I was pregnant - the symptoms I had are common issues in pregnancy. I have had the most amazing care from the NHS. The A&E staff, chemo nurses and oncologists at Lewisham and my surgical team at St Thomas' were amazing! And the aftercare I received from my GP and continue to receive from St Thomas' was/is outstanding! I cannot rate the NHS enough! That said more needs to be done to beat cancer and that's why I'm walking through the night on 27th :-) Janine princessneeny
  • Score: 5
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