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Young mom learns she may die of cancer after doctor misdiagnosed and put her through unnecessary chemo


(NaturalNews) Imagine having a horrible toothache that persists regardless of taking antibiotics or even having your tooth extracted. Then think of how you'd feel if you were told the problem was actually due to cancer, for which you were given chemotherapy and began showing signs of improvement. As if that's not difficult enough, imagine the horror of then being told you were diagnosed with the wrong kind of cancer all along, and that you weren't getting better at all.

Unfortunately, this is a true story that belongs to 27-year-old Gemma Wood.

The newly-married mother of two had a pain in her mouth that was dismissed as a toothache. When removal of a tooth in the general area causing her pain and antibiotics didn't remedy the problem, she was concerned that this involved something more serious. Then a lump formed in her cheek; doctors performed a biopsy and determined she had a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) in her mouth, behind her cheekbone. Wood began radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and after just four months, started showing signs of improvement.

Just when cancer patient thinks her life is improving, doctors tell her she was diagnosed incorrectly

Sadly, the feeling of elation that comes with overcoming cancer and getting back to a normal routine didn't last very long.

Just months after finishing chemo and being told her cancer cells were shrinking, doctors informed her that she didn't have a NET after all. Instead, she had a rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive and very rare cancer that attacks the body's soft tissues. Worse, she learned that it had spread to her lungs, making her question doctors' abilities in general, as well as how long she has to live.

"This has destroyed all my faith in doctors," says Wood. "Whenever we're in the car on the way to hospital, I'll feel really anxious. I've even had to have counselling just to help me continue with chemotherapy because I get so scared about going back to hospital now." Wood explains that the type of chemotherapy differs from the one she previously had when it was thought she needed to treat the NET. Having to go through this a second time is a devastating blow to the entire family.

Wood also says that even her young son has had to receive counseling because the experience has been difficult for him. As for her daughter, Wood says that the only way she's known her mom is as a bald, sick woman.

How you can help woman wronged by the medical community forget about cancer for a day

A spokesman for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which "provides services to some 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire" in England, said that "Gemma's medical history is complicated and testing of her initial biopsy did not indicate rhabdomyosarcoma." The spokesman said that her treatment is continuing and, "we would urge her to raise any questions or concerns she has with us so we can address them with her directly."

While Wood and her family grapple with the terrible news, which includes not knowing how long she may live, Wood is determined to have at least one day where she can cast the sadness aside. To that end, she's set up a GoFundMe account so that she can have a day of celebration with about 150 of her friends and family members, all in the name of forgetting about cancer for a day and enjoying life.

"I want to throw a massive party so we can all just forget cancer for a night, and celebrate life, whatever my outcome," says Wood.

There's a reason so many people distrust medical experts

Unfortunately, Wood's distrust in doctors and the medical community is growing just about everywhere you turn.

For example, you may recall the story in which a licensed New Jersey nurse administered the flu shot to 70 patients, while using the same syringe for every person. As a result of her mindless actions, she's put these people at risk for possible exposure to hepatitis, HIV or other blood-related diseases.

Then there's the case of Dr. Farid Fata, a Michigan oncologist, who administered unnecessary chemotherapy treatments to the tune of $35 million in Medicare fraud. So determined was he to make a profit by telling people that they were ill when in reality, they weren't, that Fata's staff was said to even come to a patient's car to administer treatment right in the middle of a parking garage.

Given these examples – and the many more that exist out there – it's best to take charge of your own health by eating fresh, organic foods whenever possible, getting exercise, and of course, insisting on maintaining your rights to always know about the ingredients in the food supply.

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