Wednesday 26 July 2017

Young mum Caroline who staged 13-hour A&E sit-in told she has cancer

Caroline Sherwin. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Caroline Sherwin. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A young mum who staged a 13-hour sit-in in the Emergency Department, demanding to be seen by doctors, has found out she has cancer.

Mum-of-two, Caroline Sherwin held a sit-in protest on March 2 when she was told to go home by hospital staff.

Ms Sherwin (37), a hairdresser from Donacarney, Co Meath was frightened she had cancer and demanded to be seen by a specialist. She ended up receiving surgery the next morning.

The mother of 11-year-old twin girls had already been waiting for months to find out if lumps in her body were malignant. Last week, she got the news that she had cancer.

After the lump was removed, it was sent on to be tested and Ms Sherwin was told to go home and recover from the surgery.

"I received a call just over a week ago from the surgeon's secretary and she said that he wanted to see me and that the results had come back and they wanted to discuss it with me. Last Monday I went in to see him. He confirmed that it was cancer and that it's in my lymph nodes and thyroids," Ms Sherwin told The Sean O' Rourke Show on RTÉ Radio One.

Ms Sherwin said she will begin treatment in Beaumont Hospital and that all the lumps in her neck will be removed.

"The doctor said because of how quick the other lumps developed he will remove all lumps in the neck area and the full thyroid. He did an x-ray in my lungs and it hasn't spread down to my lungs which is a good sign."

She told Sean O'Rourke that it was "good luck" that she was persistent in the hospital and got it seen to on time.

"There were times I just wanted to go home because I was so worn out.

"I'm still tired and worn out but I feel more positive because I now know why I was feeling unwell and I'm not going mad. At times I was wondering was I reading too much into it. My gut feeling was telling me that something was wrong."

Ms Sherwin said that if anyone thinks there is something wrong that they should be persistent with their doctors.

"If your gut feeling is telling you that something is a wrong and you haven't been feeling well and you're getting nowhere with your doctors then take the action I did. Have the courage to stand up to doctors, hound them with phone calls and be heard. Too many people are forgotten about in the system."

The HSE said they do not comment on individual cases.

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