A young estate agent has warned others in the industry to have regular health checks after being diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer.
Geeta Patel, who works as a senior lettings negotiator at the Stockton-on-Tees branch of Sequence brand Manners & Harrington, has been diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer called Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma.
The 25-year-old only recently got married to her partner Ankush and the pair had also just bought their first home, and Geeta says she was working hard at progressing her career at Manners & Harrington, which she joined in 2017.
But in September last year she discovered a lump at the back of her leg about the size of a golf ball and had also been suffering from a cough for several months prior to that.
Hartlepool-based Geeta says that, after several visits to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, doctors discovered that the cancer had spread from her leg to her lungs.
Geeta has now undergone surgery to remove the cancer from her leg and is undergoing intensive chemotherapy called immunotherapy in a bid to shrink the tumours in her lungs.
The young estate agent remains positive despite her terminal diagnosis and wants to warns other to get lumps on their bodies checked up as soon as possible.
“I wanted to raise awareness for things like this as I didn’t even know you could get lumps on your legs, at this age especially”, she told Teeside Live.
“Women get told to check for lumps in breasts and go for regular smear tests but no one tells you about this.
“I had a cough for about a year, but I had no idea you should seek medical advice after having a persistent cough for over three weeks. “I’m thinking positive, and I’m hoping for a miracle.”