A WOMAN who thought she was pregnant only to discover she had a rare form of cancer, is urging others to sign up to the Bury St Edmunds’ Race for Life.
Tracey Meads, 35, from Stowmarket, went for an antenatal scan in February 2005 after coming down with what she though was morning sickness in January.
But Tracey was devasted when she saw what looked like ‘a bunch of grapes’ on the scan.
It was actually a group of pus filled sacs – a rare condition called a molar pregancy – which, in Tracey’s case, had turned cancerous.
Tracey said: “You expect to see a little baby on the scan but I saw what looked like a bunch of grapes.
“It was even worse than the miscarriage. I had had three positive pregnancy tests and had all the signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
“It seemed so harsh because I was expecting to have a baby, not cancer.”
Tracey was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called molar pregnancy choriocarcinoma and needed immediate surgery and six months of chemotherapy.
In January 2006 Tracey and her husband Jason, 41, began trying for a baby again, and in April Tracey received a letter from Charing Cross Hospital saying she should have a pregnancy test.
Tracey said: “We went for a scan at six weeks. I had to be pushed into the room kicking and screaming.
“I remember refusing to look at the scanner.”
In February 2007, Tracey’s son Jake was born. He is now five years old and started school in September last year. Now Tracey, who has another son, Noah, two, is urging women across the region to take up the challenge of the Race for Life.
She said: “Whatever the motivation, I’d like to urge them to enter as soon as possible. Together they will be doing something extraordinary – raising money to fund research which saves lives, like mine.”
To enrol, go to www.raceforlife.org.uk or call 0871 641 1111.