A perfectly fit and healthy teenager claims he was left "looking nine-months pregnant" after going to the doctors while suffering with cramps.
Litherland lad Kyle Smith was hoping to study accounting at a local college when he began to experience severe cramp like symptoms in May.
The 18-year-old spoke to the ECHO : "A month before I was diagnosed, I started noticing issues when going the bathroom. My water stream tended to cut off and I had pain cramps in my stomach.
"It kept getting worse so I went to see the GP, and he done a urine sample to see if I had a urine infection and that come back clear."
Still suffering from painful stomach cramps, Kyle went back to his GP a week later who performed a physical examination but couldn't find anything that could be causing the pain.
Kyle went back to the GP to complain that the painful cramps were continuing to get worse.
The GP performed a physical examination but couldn't find anything that could be causing the pain.
Kyle took himself to A&E a few days later after the cramps became unbearable.
He added: "Several doctors said I looked anaemic. I'd lost a little bit of weight over the past month as well, which my mum noticed as well."
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The poor lad underwent an ultrasound and CT scan, which is when Kyle was given the devastating news a 15cm by 15cm cancerous tumour had been discovered in his abdomen.
Kyle was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma this year, a cancer that mainly affects young adults and children.
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Kyle said: "I laughed at the diagnosis, I didn't believe it was cancer."
The 18-year-old said he had always made an effort to keep himself healthy and loved playing basketball.
Kyle is now on an intense course of chemotherapy after the cancer began to aggressively grow in his abdomen.
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He said: "I went from having a six-pack to looking nine-months pregnant.
"If I'd have left it any longer I might not have had the treatment options."
The young boy says that the support of his mum and girlfriend has been vital in helping him stay positive throughout the horror ordeal.
He said: "The emotions you go through – denial, regret. It just makes you appreciate the little things in life and how you can take them for granted compared to someone my age partying and going out and you're just thinking that's not my life anymore.
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"No matter how old you are, you're entitled to some answers. Especially during Covid, I know a lot of people have been passed off haven't been able to get the help they need."
He added: "I don't know what the future holds for me right now. People go off set plans of what they're going to do, and in three months my life changed from going to college to being in a hospital. It's overwhelming.
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