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‘After bleeding on a restaurant floor I finally found out the real cause of my extreme periods’

A woman who suffered from extremely heavy periods, to the point of once passing a blood clot the size of her hand, has revealed how she was diagnosed with a rare tumour.

Sarah White, 25, a recruitment consultant from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has always suffered from heavy periods but became concerned when she bled on the floor of a restaurant in April 2023.

Four months later, an ultrasound revealed she had an 8cm benign mass in her uterus and would need surgery.

But by January 2024, Sarah’s uterus had nearly tripled in size and the mass had reached 13 cm.

While doctors initially thought the tumor was benign, they discovered during a three-hour operation to remove it that it was actually a rare cancer.

She is currently undergoing a hysterectomy in addition to having her ovaries removed, which has impacted her dream of becoming a mother.

Sarah White, 25, pictured with her partner Ryan, 30. (Sarah White/SWNS)

Sarah White, 25, pictured with her partner Ryan, 30. (Sarah White/SWNS)

Recalling his experiences living with extreme rules, White says, “I had to put my whole life on hold.

“Half an hour after inserting a tampon, it was pushed back by the amount of blood.

“I was bleeding on the chairs, the sheets and my clothes.

“I’m relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but it kills me that I can no longer carry children.”

White had been having “extremely heavy” periods since she was 14 and her GP prescribed medication to relieve the pain.

Although this had some impact on managing her symptoms, she still missed “a lot” of school and time with friends.

“My periods have always been painful since I was very young,” she explains.

“I thought I was just unlucky and it would get easier.

“But as I grew older, the bleeding became heavier and I lost all my blood.”

White's MRI revealed an 8-centimeter fibroid in her uterus, which doctors initially thought was benign. (Sarah White/SWNS)White's MRI revealed an 8-centimeter fibroid in her uterus, which doctors initially thought was benign. (Sarah White/SWNS)

White’s MRI revealed an 8-centimeter fibroid in her uterus, which doctors initially thought was benign. (Sarah White/SWNS)

After passing a “huge” clot in April 2023, she knew something was wrong.

“My partner, Ryan, 30, and I went to dinner with his family,” she recalls of the incident.

“As we were finishing, I felt a sharp stabbing pain in my stomach.

“After everyone left, I got up and my pants were soaked – I could see the blood running down the floor.

“When I got home, I went to the bathroom and saw that my tampon had been pushed out.

“A few moments later, a clot the size of my hand fell to the floor.”

After calling 999 and getting the all-clear from paramedics, White was advised to see her GP, who referred her for an ultrasound scan in August 2023.

The ultrasound revealed a mass in her uterus that was diagnosed as an 8cm benign fibroid – a non-cancerous growth – a month later.

She was then sent for an MRI scan to OSD Health Centre, Hemel Hempstead, for further investigation.

White now wants to encourage other women to be aware of the symptoms. (Sarah White/SWNS)White now wants to encourage other women to be aware of the symptoms. (Sarah White/SWNS)

White now wants to encourage other women to be aware of the symptoms. (Sarah White/SWNS)

Doctors confirmed she would need surgery to remove the fibroid but, while waiting for a date, White began to faint from heavy blood loss.

“I called 111 several times while I was waiting (for the operation) because everything was getting progressively worse,” she explains.

“I was losing so much blood that my face was swollen and I could hardly walk.

“My period went from 7 to 10 to 21 days – it was horrible.

“I had an emergency ultrasound on January 22nd earlier this year and my uterus was the size of a 24-week pregnant woman,” she continues.

The doctors couldn’t see my right ovary because this mass was covering it.

“But he had grown to 13 cm.”

White underwent an open myomectomy – a procedure that allows surgeons to remove uterine fibroids – on February 14, 2024, at Watford General Hospital in Hertfordshire.

But the mass seemed “unusual” and so she was sent for testing. Later that month, she was diagnosed with low-grade endometrial stromal sarcoma, a rare cancer.

“After my surgery, my periods started to slow down, so when the doctors said I had a tumor, I was frozen in shock,” she says of her cancer diagnosis.

“No one knew if everything was gone and I feared the worst.”

White's uterus had nearly tripled in size and the mass had grown to 13 centimeters. (Sarah White/SWNS)White's uterus had nearly tripled in size and the mass had grown to 13 centimeters. (Sarah White/SWNS)

White’s uterus had nearly tripled in size and the mass had grown to 13 centimeters. (Sarah White/SWNS)

Three weeks later, White underwent a post-operative scan at Hemel Hempstead Hospital which showed she had an enlarged lymph node in her abdomen and would need a complete hysterectomy and removal of her ovaries.

“I found out I still had uterine cancer and a swollen lymph node,” she said.

“I was devastated.

“Although the lymph node has returned to normal size, my cancer is hormonal, so I am at high risk if I do not have surgery.

“I’m not ready to have a baby yet, but I’m heartbroken that I never will.”

White now wants to encourage other women to “push” for answers when something is wrong.

“I didn’t think having a heavy period would lead to a cancer diagnosis, but I’m very proud of myself for not hesitating,” she says.

“If you feel something is wrong, don’t settle for it.”

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