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Toothache Turns Out To Be Deadly Cancer (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

Imagine rushing to a doctor for what you assumed were wisdom teeth problems, only to walk out learning you have cancer.

That's exactly what happened to 18-year-old Nadia Hobbs from England, Little Things reports, who was shocked when she found out.

"I’d always been completely healthy before my diagnosis, I was applying for university and really happy with my life," she explained.

For days, Nadia had jaw pain, but attributed it to her wisdom teeth growing in.

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One day while massaging the area, she felt a pea-sized lump that seemed to be growing.

Nadia's mother, Rachel, grew increasingly concerned. She sent her to the dentist and a doctor, but both were baffled.

Rachel wasn't about to give up. When the lump -- now the size of a grape -- had gotten so painful Nadia couldn't even smile, Rachel rushed her daughter to the ER.

An MRI scan finally revealed the cause: rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

"That day hit me like a brick wall, I was so scared I cried for what seemed like forever I was so scared," she said, the Daily Mail reports.

Thanks to her mother's determination to get to the bottom of the issue, it had been caught early.

“I don’t know what I’d do without my mum, I never thought I would get cancer and thanks to her I got the diagnosis I needed sooner rather than later,” Nadia later said.

She also thanked her boyfriend, Callum.

"My boyfriend Callum has been my absolute rock too, he's been by my side every step of the way," she said.

Seven rounds of chemotherapy later, Nadia now wears a wig, which she says was the hardest part of treatment. The chemotherapy has shrunk her tumor by 75 percent.

“I can just about see the finish line," said Nadia, after beginning her five-week radiation program.

Nadia is now using her experiences to warn and help others.

"Young people never think they will get cancer," she said. "I certainly didn't and rhabdomyosarcoma is so rare that early signs and symptoms can often be missed."

"I'm now fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust, they've been amazing and I wanted to give something back and so far a huge team of us have managed to raise [$19,000]," added Nadia.

Sources: Little Things, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Pixabay

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