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Doctor’s advice to woman on honeymoon:
A newly-wed’s life was saved by an eagle-eyed medic who she bumped into while on honeymoon. Danielle McCulloch (26) from Crowland was holidaying in Cyprus just days after getting married when an off-duty doctor spotted a strange lump on her neck when she was in a supermarket.
She advised Danielle that it looked suspicious and told her she should get it checked out as soon as she landed back in the UK.
Remarkably, Danielle was diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer just weeks later by doctors who told her that without treatment it could have killed her.
Danielle said: “I’m so grateful to that doctor for telling me what she did because she could have saved my life.
“She wasn’t even working, she was just doing her shopping.
“No- one else had ever pointed the lump out before and I didn’t think it was any- thing to worry about.
“Without the push to get it checked out, it could have been a completely different story.”
Danielle and her then fiancé Matt (27), who runs a groundworks company, decided to get married abroad after booking a family holiday to Cyprus in May 2015.
As both of their families were going to be all together they found it the perfect opportunity for an intimate beach ceremony with their children Louis (9) and I mogen (4) by their side.
After arriving home Danielle struggled to get what the doctor had said out of her head and so went to see her GP.
She was immediately referred to a specialist for tests and a biopsy, however nothing showed up. Danielle said: “I wasn’ t worried at all because I really didn’t think there was anything in it.
“When the biopsy came back clear, I thought it was all just a fuss about nothing, but the doctors asked to remove the lump just to be safe.
“They carried out a pretty straightforward operation to take the mass off my left thyroid, and it was only later that they revealed it was in fact cancerous.”
Having already removed Danielle’s left thyroid, where the 4cm lump was growing, medics then carried out a second operation to remove the right side. She was then blasted with a radioactive iodine treatment to ensure any cancerous cells were destroyed.
Danielle said: “When I look back on when they gave me the news, it was like one of those adverts where you can see them talking but can’t hear what they’re saying.
“It was like the doctor went all fuzzy - I was listening but I wasn’t taking it in. All I could think about was my family and my two young children. It was literally this massive bombshell.”
During her treatment, Daniel le had to be kept in isolation away from her children,
She has now been left with a visible scar on her neck from the treatment andwill have to take medication for the rest of her life to do the work of her thyroids.
She hopes her story will encourage others to visit a doctor to get any unusual symptoms checked out, no matter how small.
Danielle McCulloch, husband Matt and children Louis and Imogen