Student, 30, who lost 45kg battles blood cancer diagnosis after noticing deadly symptom

An Australian doctoral student who was diagnosed with cancer reveals that losing weight not only made her feel better, but also saved her life. received the shock of his life after being diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In August 2021, Shelley Bishop, from Brisbane, noticed a small bump the size of a grape on her collarbone, but doctors believed her lymph nodes were swollen from a cold or flu.

As the months passed, the 30-year-old noticed the mass “seemed bigger” and returned to the doctor for a needle biopsy which detected “abnormal cells”.

After further tests and a surgical biopsy, Shelley was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on March 30, 2020 – and the lump was her only telltale symptom.

In 2020, she also lost 45kg, which doctors say ultimately saved her life, as the bump would not have been visible if she was overweight.

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Shelley Bishop, from Brisbane, (pictured) was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on March 30, 2020 – and the only telltale symptom was a lump on her collarbone

“It’s crazy because I’ve never felt sick,” Shelley told Daily Mail Australia, adding: “Each practice was way more exhausting than usual but I didn’t think about it at all.”

“It’s crazy because I’ve never felt sick,” Shelley told Daily Mail Australia, adding: “Each practice was way more exhausting than usual but I didn’t think about it at all.”

In mid-March, she underwent a surgical biopsy to remove the lump and lymph node, which determined cancer.

“I went back to the surgeon a week later and was told I had cancer. The doctor said, “Shelley, you won the lottery, but you’re not getting any money,” she laughs.

Shelley also has no family history of cancer and the cause of the disease remains unknown.

At the time, doctors couldn’t determine if it had spread, so Shelley was sent home with more questions than answers.

“It was the worst week of my life hearing such horrible news and then waiting to find out how bad it is,” she said.

“I didn’t sleep at all and when I did I thought it was all just a dream. It was absolutely terrifying.

The primary location of the cancer was found behind Shelley’s ribs surrounding her heart and lungs and she was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer because it had moved to the lymph nodes.

Although the cancer has spread, it was caught early and Shelley has a high chance of surviving.

The primary location of the cancer was found behind Shelley's ribs surrounding her heart and lungs and she was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer because it had moved to the lymph nodes.

The primary location of the cancer was found behind Shelley’s ribs surrounding her heart and lungs and she was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer because it had moved to the lymph nodes.

While the cancer has spread, it was caught early and Shelley has a high chance of surviving.  If she was still overweight today, her risk factor would have skyrocketed

While the cancer has spread, it was caught early and Shelley has a high chance of surviving. If she was still overweight today, her risk factor would have skyrocketed

When the doctor advised that chemotherapy was the only treatment she would need to fight the disease, Shelley panicked at first, but felt calm knowing that losing weight had increased her chances of survival.

‘I showed the surgeon pictures of my weight loss, who said, ‘No doubt you wouldn’t have found this (the lump) if you were overweight. You saved your life without even knowing it”,’ Shelley mentioned.

“Before I started the treatment I was petrified, it was so scary, but I kind of got my power back over something I had no control over.

“After the first cycle of chemo, I completely changed my mindset. I want to write this story for me and what happens to me.

in 2018, she tipped the scales at 110 kilograms and was eager to change her lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise after a gym opened next to her building

In 2018, she tipped the scales at 110 kilograms and was eager to change her lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise after a gym opened next to her building.

Shelley said that while the lifestyle change was challenging and challenging, it was one of the best things she's ever done for herself.  And now she believes she can beat cancer

Shelley said that while the lifestyle change was challenging and challenging, it was one of the best things she’s ever done for herself. And now she believes she can beat cancer

Shelley changed her mindset the same way she did when she started her weight loss journey four years ago.

She tipped the scales at 110kg in 2018 and was eager to change her lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise after a gym opened next to her building.

She confessed that her poor diet of pasta, pizza and burgers led to excessive weight gain, but she learned how to work out in the gym by watching videos online and noticing what other people were doing in the gym.

Shelley said that while the lifestyle change was challenging and challenging, it was one of the best things she’s ever done for herself.

And now she believes she can overcome that obstacle and beat cancer.

By losing weight, she has also learned to be in tune with her body and know exactly what she needs to feel replenished.

Shelley will have her fourth round of chemotherapy on May 11, then a PET scan will determine if the treatment is working to clear the cancer and if radiation therapy is needed.

Shelley will have her fourth round of chemotherapy on May 11, then a PET scan will determine if the treatment is working to clear the cancer and if radiation therapy is needed.

Shelley has found happiness in making others smile and recently donated her lavish locks of hair to Variety Australia, the children's charity

Shelley has found happiness in making others smile and recently donated her lavish locks of hair to Variety Australia, the children’s charity. “It was an amazing experience to know that I will be helping someone else,” she said.

Shelley will undergo her fourth cycle of chemotherapy on May 11, then a PET scan will determine if the treatment is working to eliminate the cancer and if radiation therapy is needed.

She has found happiness in making others smile and recently donated her luscious locks of hair to Variety Australia, the children’s charity.

“It was an amazing experience to know that I will be helping someone else,” she said.

“When I’m in the hospital, I always blunder and make other people laugh; Seeing others smile makes me smile.

Shelley hopes that by sharing her story, others can feel inspired to focus their energy on positive thinking during difficult times.

She continues to inspire thousands of people on her Instagram page, Shred with Shelley.

What is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a rare form of cancer that starts in a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes.

The disease begins in one lymph node, usually in the neck, and then spreads through the lymphatic system from one group of lymph nodes to another.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma accounts for approximately 0.5% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia. About 11% of all lymphomas are types of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while the rest are non-Hodgkin’s.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can arise in lymph nodes anywhere in the body, while Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually starts in the upper part of the body, such as the neck, chest, or armpits.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is often diagnosed at an early stage and is therefore considered one of the most treatable cancers.

Causes of Hodgkin lymphoma remain largely unclear, but risk factors include family history

Source: Lymphoma Australia