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I was told I had a pinched nerve when my shoulder started to hurt

A mother who was told by botched doctors she had a pinched nerve after her shoulder began to hurt has now learned she has just months to live.

Andrea Fenn, 52, says she was “fobbed off” by medics before finally finding out she had cancer.

Andrea Fenn, 52, now has just months to live after finally being diagnosed with cancer

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Andrea Fenn, 52, now has just months to live after finally being diagnosed with cancerPhoto credit: MEN Media
The mother of three feels

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The mother of three feels “fobbed off” by doctors because of her shoulder pain.Photo credit: MEN Media

The mother-of-three first contacted her GP in May 2021 after experiencing excruciating pain in her shoulder and spine.

But Andrea was told she was simply suffering from a frozen shoulder – or adhesive capsulitis – which causes stiffness and pain in the joint.

The 52-year-old, from Leigh, Wigan, tried to shake off her concerns but her condition continued to deteriorate throughout the year.

Doctors suspected she might also have a pinched nerve — however, no surgery, test or medication could find the cause of her pain.

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She continued to call doctors “at least once or twice a week,” but they still couldn’t find a cure for her health problems.

The weary ex-recipient then decided to get a second opinion from another GP after being “passed from pillar to pillar”.

Despite her hopes of finally finding an answer, Andrea was tragically told after an MRI scan that her lung had a lump.

The devastated mum was then informed that she had lung cancer – and believes it could have been spotted more quickly if her concerns had been taken more seriously.

Andrea told the Manchester Evening News: “Cancer never crossed my mind; I suspected it was a problem with my shoulder.

“If someone had listened to me, I might not have been in stage three. The pain was excruciating.

“I wanted to go to bed and hope I didn’t wake up. They told me they couldn’t prescribe me anything other than painkillers.”

The 52-year-old then underwent grueling chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments after her shock diagnosis.

But she was dealt another terrible blow after discovering another lump on her stomach – which was diagnosed as a secondary cancer.

Heartbroken Andrea added: “We were shocked because we were told the lump in my stomach was from injections.

“It’s devastating. I try to keep my chin up and be brave.”

She described telling her older children as “devastating” but has kept her 11-year-old son from knowing “the extent” of her condition.

I just try to do as much as possible while I can. While I feel like pointing the finger, I just don’t have the energy.

Andrea Fenn

Andrea explained: “I’m not the only one – there are millions of people with cancer but it’s literally ruined and taken over my life.

“I’m just trying to do as much as I can while I can. I want to point the finger, but I just don’t have the energy.”

A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise funds for her to “create precious memories with what little time she has left”.

Her daughter Tara Fenn shared her admiration for her “strong” mother and her anger that doctors didn’t diagnose her sooner.

She said: “During the MRI scan, they totally missed it.

“It was the second opinion that allowed us to find out it was cancer, but when we found out it was stage three.

“If they had seen it on the first MRI scan, it might not have gotten that far.

“It was a shock; it’s not nice when someone finds out their family member has cancer,” Tara continued.

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“We were optimistic when we found out what phase it was in. We all worried about it, then were told it was incurable.

“I get upset when I talk about it. She has three children and she has never cried in front of any of us. She is so strong.”

Her devastated family wants to make the most of the time they have left together

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Her devastated family wants to make the most of the time they have left togetherPhoto credit: MEN Media

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Sarah Y. Kim

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