Sydney paramedic Elizabeth Branagan was tragically diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year
A paramedic who dedicates her life to helping strangers has spoken out about how she’s facing her own battle to survive after her cancer returned.
Elizabeth Branagan – who’s the star in Channel 10’s reality TV show Ambulance Australia – was tragically diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year after she suffered chest pains – a symptom she thought was similar to a heart attack.
But scans eventually found a large tumour in between her breasts, in which she gave the nickname her ‘third boob’ to lighten the shock diagnosis.
Despite removing the lump successfully after undergoing six gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, the 32-year-old Sydney woman told The Sunday Telegraph she’s now battling her second bout of cancer after the disease was discovered in her spleen and right armpit.
The 32-year-old Sydney paramedic said she’s now battling her second bout of cancer after the disease was discovered in her spleen and right armpit (pictured wearing a blonde wig after she lost her hair following six gruelling rounds of chemotherapy)
The Sydney paramedic (left) who dedicates her life to helping patients has spoken out about how she’s facing her own battle to survive after her cancer returned
What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of lymphoma, a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system and includes the various lymph glands around the body. It most commonly occurs in a lymph node but it can also occur in the liver, spleen, stomach or bones.
Symptoms include: painless swelling of a lymph node, unexplained fevers, excessive sweating, especially at night, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and itchy skin.
Source: Cancer Council
During her chemotherapy, Ms Branagan, who’s known to her family and friends as Biffie, said she ended up in hospital twice after she was struck down with sepsis – a life-threatening blood infection caused by bacteria.
‘It really sucked, it was awful. I anticipated since I was young and relatively healthy that I would recover after each round but I ended up in hospital twice with sepsis and needed blood transfusions it was absolutely miserable,’ she said.
She said she was unaware of the tumour growing inside her when she was filming the second series of the show until she started experiencing excruciating pains in her chest.
‘You’re not human, you have no time to recover before the next lot… you are overwhelmed by poisons in your body, the mouth ulcers, the nausea and the vomiting and the fatigue and the racing hearts and dizziness,’ she said.
Ms Branagan, who’s known to her family and friends as Biffie, said she’s determined to fight against cancer the second time around – as she continues working as a paramedic
Ms Branagan returned to work last Wednesday after taking time off to recover following treatment. But on Friday, she was left devastated once again after a scan found the cancer had returned
She admitted she even wanted to give up on getting the painful treatment – but she managed to pull through after getting her final round of chemotherapy.
‘I almost wanted to stop after five rounds, I did not want to do the sixth rounds and I was crying in my doctor’s office for an hour and he convinced me to do the last round,’ she said.
Ms Branagan – who’s now wearing a blonde wig after losing her hair during chemotherapy – returned to work last Wednesday after taking time off to recover following treatment.
But on Friday, she was left devastated once again after a scan found the cancer had returned.
However, she said she’s determined to fight against cancer the second time around – as she continues working as a paramedic.
She said hopes to take part in the Car-T cell immunotherapy trial – a treatment using the patient’s own T cells – a type of immunity cell – and bioengineering them to attack cancer cells specifically.
In October last year, The Project’s co-host Lisa Wilkinson took to Instagram to praise Biffie and her colleague Gina for their heroic work as a paramedics.
‘Meet Biffie and Gina, just two of the paramedics on Ambulance Australia,’ she said.
‘These people are true angels, and the work they do on a daily basis with such compassion and good humour is nothing short of heroic.’
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