53-year-old Jean Williams Taylor uploaded a photo of her nails to Facebook to show everyone how curved they were. Jean thought her nails were simply a result of bad genes, but as it later turned out, that was her body’s way of warning her.
Jean Williams Taylor wasn’t really bothered with her nails oddness. She assumed her strange curving nails were just a family trait as her mother, who had died of lung cancer, also had them.
It wasn’t until she received a message from somebody else on Facebook that the scary truth began to dawn. With regards to the picture she had posted of her nails, the Facebook user advised Jean to seek a proper examination.
Jean believed it to be over the top, but decided to go see a doctor anyway. The doctors immediately recognized what’s commonly known as ‘finger clubbing’ also called ‘digital clubbing’ or ‘Hippocratic nails’, that can sometimes signify issues of the lungs or heart.
After a series of tests, doctors found two tumors the size of golf balls in Jean’s lungs. Following her diagnosis, which was influenced by a chance intervention on social media, Jean shared a Facebook post to warn others. She encourages others to inspect their nails regularly, in a bid to ensure they understand potential warning signs.
On the widely viral post she wrote: “2 weeks ago i posted this pic on my wall asking if anyone had seen nails like this. A few google post later and i was urged to go to the Doctor. A tad extreme i thought….I was rushed for blood tests and a chest xray, 2 days later i got a phone call to go for a CT scan, 2 days later a PET scan and more blood test, the day later a breathing test on my lungs and a scan on my heart, the day later an MRI scan then a lung biopsy.
After a gruelling 2 weeks, yesterday I got my results…….Cancer in both my lungs !!!!.
When your nails curve its often linked to heart and lung disease and its official term is ” clubbing” i had no idea….Did You ????
Hope this post can help someone else in the early stages of cancer.
Big shout out to the NHS you have been excellent and I thank all the staff that have dealt with my diagnosis.”
If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your nails or body in general, always get it checked out by a medical professional.
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