Woman discovers her 'ugly' nails were a sign of cancer after posting picture on Facebook
Jean Taylor uploaded a photo of her "ugly" nails on Facebook and discovered she has lung cancer when the doctor identifies it as a symptom of the disease.
Taylor, 53, took to her personal Facebook account recently to share her experience with the world and to raise awareness about curved nails in the hopes of saving other lives.
"(Two) weeks ago I posted this pic on my wall asking if anyone had seen nails like this," she wrote, referring to the photo of her nail.
The woman from Wigan, England always thought that her curved nails were a genetic trait she inherited from her mother - who lost half a lung to cancer.
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It wasn't until her daughter Stephanie Googled "curved nails" and discovered that they could be a sign of cancer.
Stephanie then urged her to see a doctor. While Taylor believed that the suggestion was "a tad" extreme, she decided to go to the clinic.
She explained: "I was rushed for blood tests and a chest xray, (two) days later I got a phone call to go for a CT scan, (two) 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 two weeks, the test results confirmed that Taylor had two golf ball-sized tumors in both of her lungs.
"When your nails curve, (it's) often linked to heart and lung disease and its official term is 'clubbing.' I had no idea. Did You?" she wrote.
Taylor said that although she "felt ridiculous going to the doctor over a curved nail" it ultimately saved her life," as reported by Daily Mail.
She explained that her nails are her life savers and that she's not cutting them off.
"I’d been working in a factory so my nails were really short. I got an office job about six weeks ago and they decided to grow," Taylor said.
"I’ve always had weak nails and I’ve never got them to this length because they were never strong and I was working in a factory."
Taylor, who works in a call center, now faces surgery to remove cancer from her left lung. After the surgery, she will then go under the knife again to remove cancer from her right lung.
Taylor is very hopeful about the future. She is relying on family and friends to help her through it.
In her Facebook post, the grandmother-of-two concludes: "Hope this post can help someone else in the early stages of cancer."