It started with a headache.
A young woman who believed her severe headaches were the effects of a prolonged hangover was shocked to discover she had cancer.
Hope Stringer, 24, from Essex in the United Kingdom had been partying with friends when she began experiencing crippling head pain.
When symptoms developed to include dizziness and blurred vision, it was long nights at the office that took the blame.
A visit to the GP said she was suffering from migraines and more than three rounds of painkillers were prescribed.
The pain continued. The symptoms worsened.
Gas broker Stringer told The Sun she demanded an MRI scan as she knew something wasn't right.
The 24-year-old was devastated to learn she had a soft tissue sarcoma.
“I was so shocked though when I was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, I just couldn’t understand I was only 23 and I’d been diagnosed with cancer." she said.
Stringer took nine months off work after receiving her diagnosis so she could undergo six rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The gas broker said she had been healthy up until her sudden diagnosis.
“I’d been completely healthy up until that point and couldn’t believe that what I originally thought was a hangover could be something so serious," she said.
Stringer remained positive throughout the process even in the face of such devastating news.
“I didn’t think the hair loss would affect me as I had a wig prepared and the day it started to fall out we had a little celebration and I shaved it all off," she said.
“But I did find it difficult when my hair started to grow back as I couldn’t wear a wig anymore so my confidence hit an all-time low."
The outlook for the young woman only worsened after a scan following her six rounds revealed a second tumour had formed.
This tumour required surgeons to remove a nerve that would permanently affect her vocal cords.
“When doctors told me they’d have to remove a vocal cord nerve as well which would affect my speech I didn’t care at that stage, I just wanted the cancer gone," she said.
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The surgery went well and Stringer began the first stages of a long recovery.
“My voice sounds permanently strained now but over time with some vocal coaching it should return back to normal, I even had an implant inserted to help too," she said.
The most recent scans Stringer has taken have given her a clear and cancer-free result.
The 24-year-old said she is positive about the future.
"I am very positive about the future now and can’t wait to start living my life again," she said.
Stringer and her sister Nancy are working together to raise sarcoma cancer awareness.
Nancy ran the London Marathon this year for Sarcoma UK and continues to work towards their very worthy goal.