A woman has launched a desperate appeal for funds after doctors misdiagnosed her inoperable cancer as a food intolerance.
Laura Gilmore Anderson, 34, suffered with a mystery illness for three years after she first began experiencing stomach cramps and abdominal pains in 2017.
Laura, originally from Ireland, said she had visited her GP numerous times and was first told it was a food intolerance, Edinburgh Live reports.
This was later said to be irritable bowel syndrome before she was then diagnosed with endometriosis.
Eventually her pain became unbearable and after visiting A&E she had a CT scan on her stomach in May last year, where a small shadow was found.
She was later given the devastating news that she in fact had pancreatic cancer, and a biopsy revealed it to be a very rare form of the disease.
She said at the time: "By the end of 2019 I had been off work three times with the pain, and despite that level of chronic pain there was never a real investigation into the cause, I was just taking paracetamol and kind of being shrugged off.
"Every time I went I never had the same GP and it just felt really inconsistent, like every time I would have to explain it all again and I was back to square one.
"Eventually I got the CT scan but that was only because I'd gone to A&E, it had been so difficult in lockdown explaining the pain over the phone that I just couldn't bear it anymore.
"I'll never forget being told it was cancer, I was on a work meeting when I got the call to come into the surgery in an hour and bring someone with me.
"Everyone was wearing masks and I got the news and it was so impersonal, they then told me it was bad and that I should go home to Ireland to see my family."
Desperate to have a family of their own, Laura and her husband Paul underwent private IVF treatment before Laura had chemotherapy to have the best chance of surrogacy in the future.
"It was devastating", she said. "Going through that at 33 was really hard, when I got the diagnosis the first thing I asked was 'can I have a baby' because we had been trying for a while and that's why they thought the pains were endometriosis.
"When that happens all you see is women with babies and it's awful, I really think there needs to be more support for women in my situation because you feel really alone."
After the diagnosis, Laura and Paul began to search for alternative treatments that could help reduce the size of the tumour and boost her overall health.
Looking at a range of clinics worldwide, they found the Hope for Cancer clinic in Mexico, which would offer Laura a range of non-invasive and healing therapies which could help her cancer.
With the total cost at £40,000, the couple have launched a fundraiser and in just 24 hours they already reached half that total.
Laura said she was shocked and humbled at the response, and said: "When I first saw it I almost didn't feel worthy of all the love and support, it's been such a draining and depressing year after we were told that our whole future was going to change.
"To feel and see that support is incredible, it makes me feel worthy and it gives me hope for the future. I want to live the best life I can and take the opportunity to try my best to beat it.
"The generosity that has come out in people towards us and their kindness has been outstanding."
You can find Laura's fundraising page here.