Young woman receives scary diagnosis after being told she was imagining pain

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 06, 2018
10:23 A.M.

Working among doctors and medical specialists, Georgia McLennan ignored her unusual pain for over three months.


Nursing student Georgia McLennan was a fit and healthy 23-year-old, until New Year’s Eve 2016, when the first bouts of her chest pains started.

That is when her scary fight with cancer began, as documented in her Instagram posts. Read more about Georgia McLennan on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

When she went to her doctor to complain of the pain, her doctor initially dismissed it as paranoia, since she worked between sick patients and was always surrounded by their medical issues.


After three months of intense chest pains, her GP finally prescribed a PET scan. The scan revealed horrifying details of multiple tumors spread throughout her body, in her spleen, liver, and lungs.

The diagnosis was later confirmed as Burkitt Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer that causes rapidly enlarging tumors in a person’s chest or abdomen.

The tumors were already spread out over a significant part of her body, and after the diagnosis, doctors were not very positive about her chances of survival.


However, after months of intensive radiation and chemotherapy as well as painful weekly spinal injections, Georgia has made a remarkable recovery.

She is now cancer-free and in remission. Doctors believed that she would not live to see the end of 2017, but she has made it into 2018 and is still going strong.


The Australian native, who has lived her entire life on the Gold Coast, suffered through all the treatment with tremendous courage. She always had a smile on her face as can be seen in her social media posts.

McLennan now wishes to complete her nursing studies and dreams of becoming an Oncology nurse. She believes that her experience with the disease will help her be there for patients.

McLennan will be uniquely able to understand her patient's pain better and serve as a beacon of hope as she too underwent the difficult times and survived.

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