A woman who thought she was having a heart attack at a music festival was stunned to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just four hours later.
Errin Shaw, 30, was enjoying Snow Patrol at TRNSMT in Glasgow when she was gripped by crippling pain – and even asked her husband if she had been stabbed.
She was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and just four hours later was told she had gray zone lymphoma, a rare form of the disease which affects the immune system.
Errin, from Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, had suffered from itchy skin for months before being diagnosed in September, and was told she would not live to see Christmas.
She underwent grueling e-poch chemotherapy, which consisted of 24 hours of treatment for five days, before taking it off for a one to two week break.
Dose-adjusted e-poch chemotherapy is a combination of chemotherapy used to treat certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
This process was repeated five times with only ten days during an eight month period that Errin was not at the Beatson Cancer Center due to the complexity of his treatment.
Errin said: “I was at TRNSMT in Glasgow Green, we were listening to Snow Patrol and I actually thought I was having a heart attack.
“I turned to my husband Graeme and said ‘have I been stabbed?’ and he said no, so my mom came to pick us up.
“She took me straight to Glasgow Royal and within four hours I was diagnosed with cancer.
“I stayed there for three or four nights and then went straight to the Beatson – so I never went home after TRNSMT for a month.”
In June of this year, Errin received a call from her cancer nurse to say her scans were clear and she was in remission.
Errin said: “My phone rang and it was the Beatson.
“Whenever my phone rang and it said ‘Beatson’ I would always look at the person I was with and say ‘pack my bags’ because we knew that meant I was going home.
“It was my lymphoma nurse, Michelle, and she said, ‘I’m looking forward to your appointment on Monday to tell you this news. We actually had to check it three times because we can’t believe your PET scan is clear.”
“She said there was no disease detection at the time.
“As you can imagine it was out of the blue and since last year I’ve been told I’m not going to spend Christmas to be told. It was a crazy time . »
Beatson Cancer Charity is launching its Bauble Appeal this Christmas to ensure more patients and their families are supported.
Errin has since hosted a ball called the ‘Gingie Ball’ to celebrate his recovery, which raised £5,375 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.
She also plans to visit the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center on Christmas Day to distribute gifts to patients after being in theaters last Christmas.
Erin said: “There are no words for the Beatsons, I wouldn’t be here without them.
“We obviously raised thousands of dollars for the Beatsons because being there you see how amazing they are, they are phenomenal.
“I can’t say enough good things about them – from helpers to porters to cafe ladies.
“When you ring the bell and the whole team is cheering you on, the fundraisers who helped with my ball – everyone just wants you to do well when you go.”
Rachel Mullin, Head of Campaigns at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are thrilled to launch our Bauble Appeal with the support of some patients and family members who have been kind enough to share their stories.
“They all have first-hand experience of The Beatson and the difference our charity’s services make for patients.
“We would appreciate any support you can give us this Christmas so that we can continue to be there for patients and families across the West of Scotland.”
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