‘I looked pregnant before it was removed,’ said Layla. ‘My doctors were really shocked because up until that point they thought it was half that size.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw how big it was, I was so shocked. I’m really pleased I asked for a photo to be taken.
‘It was really uncomfortable. I couldn’t lay on my front at all. It felt like I had a remote control sticking in my side.
‘I lost my appetite completely and just felt really heavy and tired a lot. I had bursts of pain but it wasn’t really painful at all. It wasn’t ideal.
‘My stomach looked absolutely massive and I couldn’t wait to have it taken out.’
Last month, doctors removed the mass, her right ovary and fallopian tube which had been damaged by the weight of the growth.
Tests revealed it wasn’t cancerous and she went home four days after being admitted.
Layla has been left with a huge scar on her stomach.
‘They put a lot of staples in my stomach but they will be taken out,’ she added. ‘Hopefully it heals fine. It doesn’t look great now but it will heal over time.
‘I was given the all clear for things like cancer which was a relief. The tests came back as all clear. I still have one perfectly fine and functioning ovary.
‘I have done my own research and it may take a bit longer for me to get pregnant, but I should still be able to.’
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that is usually harmless and disappears without treatment.
But in rare instances, they grow large and need to be surgically removed.
Layla is expected to make a full recovery within the next couple of weeks and says the health scare has given her motivation to get active.
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