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CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett reveals new German hopes as bowel tumour grows

'I was quickly brought back to reality, my tumours haven't started anywhere new which is amazing but my bowel one isn't playing ball'

Lynsey in hospital

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett has admitted how she has been "brought back to earth” after being told a tumour on her bowel has "grown again".

In a new post, Lynsey told her followers on social media that while she has no new tumours, the one in her bowel "isn't playing ball".

Alongside pictures of herself in hospital, the Longford woman offered an update on her health, writing: "I took this picture yesterday morning when getting my picc cleaned and flushed, thought if you cover my arm you wouldn't think I was a patient in an oncology (unit).

"I was quickly brought back to reality, my tumours haven't started anywhere new which is amazing but my bowel one isn't playing ball and in (a) matter of weeks has grown again. To add to the mix I have had a (bleed) this evening too."

CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett

Lynsey also described how it proved difficult to get a line into her veins for one of her treatments.

She wrote: "The 3 attempts to get (a) vein to get (a) line in for giving the radioactive and glucose solution for PET scan the day before should (have) scared the hell out of me, but I've grown so much around my fear and trauma. Anyone who has encountered myself and needles in the past wouldn't (have) believed their eyes Tuesday.

"It was still (incredibly) tough but I didn't cry or threaten to walk out. I just tried to joke about needing so many of the "boyfriend" warm water filled gloves you see in the pictures being used to get my veins to come out."

She added: "Also last week with my arm swelling, numb (and) being in pain actually showed inflammation on PET scan which they don't feel is cancer but something is annoying it."

Lyndsey also revealed how crucial it is now that she attends a specialist cancer clinic in Germany soon.

“Germany has never been so vital,” she said. “I want to try more things to live.”

Lynsey shared that she has two “fabulous friends” visiting before she leaves, followed by some bridesmaid shopping and maybe even some “disco lights".

“Germany, fingers crossed, is coming soon, but happening a week later than what I hoped. I have one more meeting Monday for it — then hopefully I can get booking the boat.”


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