Woman’s inexplicable weight gain leads to shocking cancer discovery


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‘We preach this in the hospital, don’t die of doubt’

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According to a recent report, 29-year-old Amanda Schultz was battling mysterious weight gain, which was later diagnosed as a large tumor.

Schultz first noticed she was gaining weight at the beginning of the year, so she started dieting and working out more, but was gaining more weight around her belly.


During her annual checkup this February, she resolved that she would lose 10 pounds because, “I just assumed it was my fault. I had done something wrong,” she told the news outlet.

Her doctor did regular blood work checks, but when everything was back to normal, she thought she had an unknown food allergy that was causing the excessive inflammation, so she began experimenting with her diet, but reports According to, nothing helped to stop the weight gain.

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After almost eight months of no improvement, she was referred to a gastroenterologist. “Until I saw my GI [gastroenterologist] Doctor, my stomach was hard as a rock,” she recalled. “My mom said you could have punched me in my stomach and broke your arm. It was so hard.”

The doctor immediately did a full job, including a CT scan, which revealed a nearly 13-inch, 17-pound tumor in her abdomen called a liposarcoma that wrapped around her right kidney and adrenal gland.

On September 27, she had surgery to remove the tumor, along with part of her right kidney and her adrenal gland, but because it had not spread elsewhere, she did not undergo any chemotherapy or radiation. report good.

She didn’t feel much pain other than the trouble with weight gain, which is typical in the early days of cancer. Presentation. Liposarcoma is a malignant tumor of fatty tissue that can start anywhere in the body, but most commonly begins in the thigh, behind the knee, or behind the abdomen. American Cancer Society.

she shared her story social media To motivate patients to follow their gut literally.

“I knew something was wrong because I always had a hard time gaining weight,” Schultz said. “When I was getting so big in my stomach and I couldn’t control it, that’s when I realized something was wrong.”

“We preach it in the hospital, don’t die of doubt,” she said. “No one else has to fight for you, so fight for yourself and find a care team that will take care of you as you travel.”

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