A Florida nurse who couldn’t stop burping revealed her symptoms were caused by an undiagnosed late-stage cancer.
In 2021, 24-year-old Baillie McBreen is burping up to 10 times a day. This was “out of the ordinary” for her.
She put off her symptoms for months, but when she progressed to acid reflux and “unbearable” stomach cramps, she was checked in.
McBreen, who exercised several times a week, was eventually diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. This was a “huge shock” for her and her family.
Belching as a sign of cancer may seem strange, but colon cancer can cause blockages in the digestive tract, leading to excess gas.
Baillie McBreen, 24, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer earlier this year. Her first symptom was excessive belching.Now she will undergo treatment through the end of August to fight a tumor that is compressing the top of her colon.
McBreen works as a nurse in Florida (left). Her profession helped her realize that something was wrong and that she had an intestinal blockage, which she underwent emergency surgery in January of this year.She will have chemotherapy until the end of August.
“The first sign that something was wrong, I didn’t know it at the time, was when I started burping excessively,” McBreen told NeedToKnow.
“I burp 5-10 times a day. This was not normal for me.
She underwent emergency surgery, but Ms McBreen will be on chemotherapy until the end of August. She now encourages others to listen to their body if something doesn’t feel right for her.
This type of cancer is extremely rare in young people like Ms McBreen, affecting only 2 in 100,000 people aged 20 to 24 between 2015 and 2019.
The burping started last year, but McBreen didn’t think much of it at first. But last February, she also started suffering from her acid reflux.
It wasn’t until January of the following year that McBreen really felt something was wrong. She found herself in excruciating pain and unable to go to her bathroom. She didn’t even have an appetite.
From her experience as a nurse, McBreen was convinced she had some kind of “blockage” in her body, but it wasn’t until a CT scan showed it was growing in her colon. “I had no idea” that was actually a tumor.
“I never thought in a million years that the vague symptoms were actually stage 3 colon cancer,” McBreen told NeedToKnow.co.uk.
“It was truly an out-of-body experience. I felt like I was sitting in the corner watching myself being diagnosed. Time slowed down and my heart rate quickened. I was I was in complete shock.
I remember the first thing I could say was, “I’m not ready to die.” All I could do in that moment was cry, mourn over my past life, and prepare myself for what was to come.
McBreen underwent emergency surgery in January. She now focuses on spreading awareness and fighting illness alongside her support system. I’m not sure I can fully handle the fact that I was diagnosed with such an aggressive, terminal cancer. But I refuse to let it define me. I am doing everything I can.
McBreen said she was the healthiest she had ever been before her diagnosis. She used to work out 5-6 times a week. She is still active and tries to pay attention to what goes into her body.
After being diagnosed in late January, she learned of a strange association with burping. . It is the longest and most mobile part of the colon.
It then caused an intestinal obstruction.
McBreen believes the tumor triggered the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when the esophageal sphincter fails to close properly. If the sphincter cannot close, stomach acid can travel up to the esophagus, causing heartburn, belching, and trouble swallowing.
“GERD was a symptom in my case because my tumor slowly caused a complete bowel obstruction. caused
“Excessive burping is not a typical sign of colon cancer, but my oncologist told me it was likely the beginning of my symptoms.”
“Anything new to you needs to be addressed, even if it was considered normal. It’s important to listen to your body,” McBreen said.
Before cancer, she led a “very healthy” lifestyle. This is one of the reasons why her diagnosis came as such a shock to her.
“In the 10 months leading up to my diagnosis, I was the healthiest I’ve ever been,” McBreen said.
She has been exercising 5-6 times a week for at least 14 months.
McBreen had emergency surgery to remove the tumor in January before starting chemotherapy the following month. She will continue to receive the treatment until the end of August.
McBreen is just one of many young people diagnosed with colon cancer. National Cancer Institute.
2023 Report from American Cancer Society The rate of colorectal cancer among Americans under the age of 55 increased from 11% of all cases in 1995 to 20% in 2019, it said.
In the same study, researchers estimate that 153,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. This includes approximately 52,000 deaths.
Of these cases, 13% are in people under the age of 50, a 9% increase in cases within that age range since 2020.
McBreen now wants to share her story to raise awareness for others with unusual “warning sign” symptoms.
“Anything new to you needs to be addressed, even if it was considered normal. It’s important to listen to your body,” she said.
“My diagnosis has affected my life in every way you can imagine. Hmm. But I refuse to let it define me. I am doing everything I can as a human being to fight this disease.