I thought I just had a hangover – but the reality was terrifying | The Sun
A STUDENT who thought she just suffered really bad hangovers was shocked to find out the terrifying truth.
Molly Hunt said she developed stomach pain each time she drank last October, and was also extremely tired all the time.
She’d wake up at 1pm and miss university lectures – but assumed her body was adjusting to second-year university life.
The 21-year-old, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, said: "I was extremely tired.
"Sometimes I thought it was a hangover and sometimes I put it down to the workload at uni. I thought I was overdoing myself.
"I found myself going to less and less lectures because I was just so tired.
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"Even if I went to bed at 10pm sometimes I'd be waking up at 1pm because I was exhausted.
"I couldn't really focus on a lot of things as the tiredness was that bad.
"I'd get a bit scared to go out on my own without my friends and boyfriend Harry because the tiredness would just hit me out of nowhere and I'd go a bit funny with it too."
Molly said she would get a “really bad pain in my tummy underneath my diaphragm” the day after drinking.
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The aspiring air hostess said: "I felt like I had to contract to get the pain away and tense my whole body, it was quite a surreal pain.
"I just thought 'oh this is new, my body must not be able to tolerate alcohol as much'.
"It really affected me and I started going out less and less with my uni friends just because I knew in the morning that I was going to feel abnormally awful, like really bad.”
Four months after her symptoms started, in February 2021, Molly noticed a lump the size of two grapes on her collarbone.
Her skin also started to itch and she felt like she needed to burp a lot.
I remember I was uncontrollably crying – it was like I was almost screaming it was horrendous.
Molly visited the doctor that month where they ran some blood tests and put the lump in her neck down to her reactive lymph nodes, after she had suffered glandular fever back in September 2021.
When her lump hadn't disappeared in a fortnight she returned and was put on a two-week cancer referral and sent for an ultrasound, but within that time developed a second lump.
When Molly went for her ultrasound she was advised that the lump was too big so they did a biopsy there and then on May 3rd.
Molly said: “It took a whole month for the results to come back.
"I came back from work on the Monday and had one of the best days at work I had and my dad was like 'can you come in the lounge with me and Harry?'.
"My dad was like 'you have cancer, it could be Hodgkin's – the letter was very vague.
"I remember I was uncontrollably crying – it was like I was almost screaming it was horrendous.
"It was definitely the hardest thing I've ever heard in my life.
"I initially thought, 'am I going to die?' Is my life completely changed forever?'”
Two days later on June 1st, Molly visited her consultant where she was officially diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, later revealed to be stage two.
What are the signs of lymphoma cancer?
There are two main kinds of lymphoma – Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Lymphoma can cause many different symptoms, depending on which type of lymphoma it is and where it develops in the body.
The most typical signs are:
- Swollen lymph nodes, such as in the neck, armpit or groin area
- Night sweats
- Extreme tiredness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive bleeding, such as nosebleeds, heavy periods and spots of blood under the skin
Other signs of lymphoma cancer in a more localised area include:
- Swelling of the stomach, loss of appetite and other abdominal symptoms
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain
The blood cancer causes symptoms including a lump in the neck, armpit or groin, feeling worn-out for no reason, unexplained weight loss, excessive sweating at night and constant itching for no reason.
Around one in 20 will experience alcohol-induced pain, says Lymphoma Action.
The disease is diagnosed around 2,100 times a year in the UK, mostly in people in their early twenties or those over 70.
Molly – who also developed an 8cm mass in her chest – started chemotherapy on the 20th June.
She was supposed to have 12 rounds but after five, received the good news this month that she was in remission – although she may need radiation therapy.
Molly said: "It's mentally been really hard because it's the same every day – the fear of the unknown and what's going to happen next.
"It's impacted my life greatly and made my heart hurt for my family.
"I think it's really impacted that as I'm constantly taking my temperature, blood pressure and oxygen levels. I'm living in my nightmare.”
Despite everything, Molly, who loves travelling, says she now excited for the future.
She shares informative TikTok videos (@mollyhunt146) about Hodgkin lymphoma, amassing more than 80,000 views, and is currently fundraising for Lymphoma Action.
Molly said: "My message would be – nobody knows your body like yourself and if you know that there's something off get it checked because it can definitely save your life.
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"As soon as I found my lump I was in the doctors, which was why I caught it early so I'm quite lucky."
You can donate to Molly's GoFundMe here.
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