Woman thought stomach cramps were because of period – now she’s planning her own funeral

Faye Louise, from West Sussex, started getting abdominal pains outside the time of her periods and when she went to see a doctor she found out she had an aggressive tumour

Faye Louise told how she had stomach pains(Jam Press Vid/faye.louiseuk)

A woman who was given a cancer diagnosis so bad that she planned her own funeral had thought that the pain in her stomach was period cramps.

Luckily, surgeons were able to operate and save her life – but she ended up losing eight of her internal organs in the process. Faye Louise, from West Sussex, feared the incredibly rare tumour that began in her appendix would kill her and she began to make arrangements for her funeral.




The 39-year-old started to get severe menstrual cramps a few years ago, which occured either side of her actual period. But then she found she was getting pain at other times away from her period – saying it felt like a sharp, constant stitch and so decided to see her GP.

Faye Louise with her partner Will before her operation(Jam Press/faye.louiseuk)
Faye Louise on the 5th of November after her operation(Jam Press/faye.louiseuk)

At first, her doctor put her pain down to constipation or bloating and prescribed a laxative. But when there was no relief from the pain, she was referred for an ultrasound. The scan in march this year showed Faye, who works as a flight dispatcher and model, had a 17cm cyst on her left ovary that was growing into her stomach and pushing into her bladder and kidneys. Doctors said she needed surgery to remove it.

However, tests also revealed swelling on her appendix, so medics decided to remove them as well as the cyst during one operation to prevent any further issues. While the cyst was benign, surgeons found that her appendix had a cancerous tumour inside it.

The devastated woman, who documented her cancer journey for her 30,000 Instagram followers, said: “There was no indication of any cancer at all before the operation. [It] felt like my world came crashing down. I lost my mum to bowel cancer two years ago, so my initial thought was this is it for me – history is repeating itself. I had panic attacks frequently. It was honestly the worst days and weeks of my life. I was looking at funeral plans and telling my partner Will I wouldn’t live to see 45 or 50.”

Faye Louise even started planning her own funeral(Jam Press/faye.louiseuk)
Surgeons were able to operate and save her life(Jam Press/faye.louiseuk)

A biopsy revealed she had pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), which usually begins in the appendix, ovaries or bladder as a small polyp. It is thought just three in one million people are hit by the condition. Surgeons were forced to leave the mass inside Faye Louise’s body to make sure it didn’t rupture and leak cells into other organs.

Many patients have no symptoms of PMP, making it hard to diagnose. Signs can include abdominal or pelvic pain, difficulties becoming pregnant, abdominal swelling and bloating, changes in bowel habits and a loss of appetite. It eventually spreads through the wall of the appendix and to the peritoneum – the sheet of smooth tissue that surrounds the abdominal organs.

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