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Doc­tor’s ad­vice to wo­man on hon­ey­moon:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

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

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