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Cancer-stricken mother, 33, who thought she was pregnant, dies weeks after doctors discovered her bloating and vomiting was a stage four tumor

A young mother has died from cancer just weeks after mistakenly thinking she was pregnant.

Fiona Gallacher, from Holytown in North Lanarkshire, suffered from severe stomach pain, bloating and vomiting for two months.

After a pregnancy test came back negative in January, the 33-year-old went to the emergency room.

Days later, test results showed that she was suffering from it stage four adenocarcinoma, an aggressive cancer of the glands that secrete mucus.

Doctors originally gave her between six months and a year to live when Ms Gallacher was diagnosed in January.

Fiona Gallacher, from Holytown, North Lanarkshire, suffered from severe stomach pain, bloating and vomiting for two months. After a pregnancy test came back negative in January, the 33-year-old went to the emergency room

Days later, test results showed she was suffering from stage four adenocarcinoma, an aggressive cancer of the glands that secrete mucus.  Doctors originally gave her between six months and a year to live when Ms Gallacher was diagnosed in January.  Pictured: Fiona, left, with sister Kellyann

Days later, test results showed she was suffering from stage four adenocarcinoma, an aggressive cancer of the glands that secrete mucus. Doctors originally gave her between six months and a year to live when Ms Gallacher was diagnosed in January. Pictured: Fiona, left, with sister Kellyann

She died just 11 weeks later, on March 22.

Her family and friends are now urging people to get their health checked and not ignore worrying symptoms.

Her heartbroken sister Kellyann shared Daily record: ‘Fiona suffered from severe stomach pain, but attributed this to the fact that she was not feeling well.

‘Her stomach suddenly swelled and she couldn’t keep anything down. She initially thought she was pregnant because of the way she was feeling.

“She was so swollen it looked like she was pregnant.”

The 37-year-old added: ‘Days later we were told she was suffering from cancer and didn’t have much time left. It was such a shock to all of us, it didn’t feel real.”

Adenocarcinoma, nicknamed the “cancer of the cavities,” is often only discovered during tests or treatments for other conditions.

According to the Cancer Council, an Australian advice page, it is responsible for about 90 percent of all kidney and bowel cancers, 85 percent of lung cancers and a quarter of all cervical cancers.

It is also responsible for most cancers of the breast, prostate and stomach.

Because the cancer can occur in different parts of the body, there is no clear list of symptoms of the disease and it depends on the organ affected.

Some patients may also experience no symptoms until the cancer is more advanced.

Adenocarcinoma, nicknamed the

Adenocarcinoma, nicknamed the “cancer of the cavities,” is often only discovered during tests or treatments for other conditions. According to the Cancer Council, an Australian advice page, it is responsible for about 90 percent of all kidney and bowel cancers, 85 percent of lung cancers and a quarter of all cervical cancers.

Mrs Gallacher's family are shocked by her sudden death.  Her other sister Sarahann moves into the family home to care for her children: 16-year-old Graham Hastie, Kevin Hastie, 15, Emmaleigh Goldie, seven, and three-year-old Charlie-May Mcfarlane.  In the photo Fiona, far right

Mrs Gallacher’s family are shocked by her sudden death. Her other sister Sarahann moves into the family home to care for her children: 16-year-old Graham Hastie, Kevin Hastie, 15, Emmaleigh Goldie, seven, and three-year-old Charlie-May Mcfarlane. In the photo Fiona, far right

Depending on where the tumor is located and how large it is, treatment options may include surgical removal, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy.

Mrs Gallacher’s family are shocked by her sudden death.

Her other sister Sarahann moves into the family home to care for her children: 16-year-old Graham Hastie, Kevin Hastie, 15, Emmaleigh Goldie, seven, and three-year-old Charlie-May Mcfarlane.

a GoFundMe A page has also been started in memory of the mother, to help cover the costs of her funeral. Nearly €2,000 was raised in just three days.

Mrs. Gallacher saidd: ‘Fiona said that on the day of her funeral she wants all the children to do something fun when they say their final goodbyes.’

Her family and friends are urging people to have regular health checks and not ignore symptoms, given the sudden deterioration in Fiona’s health.

Ms Gallacher added: ‘We all downplay our symptoms and always think it will never be you, but it’s not worth taking that risk.

‘I would urge anyone with abnormal abdominal pain not to think twice about having it checked out.

‘Don’t leave it until the last minute and have it checked by your doctor as soon as possible.’