A 51-year-old woman says her terrifying nightmares saved her life as they pushed her to seek medical attention twice.
Carolann Bruce from Stockport, Lancashire, had been experiencing nightmares that lasted for a year. After believing that something was seriously wrong, it was discovered that she had advanced breast cancer.
“These dreams were just the scariest dreams you can ever imagine, I had a dark shadow man who would visit me on a daily basis,” she shared.
The mother-of-two continued: “I’d think I was awake and he would take over my body. It was absolutely terrifying. I used to tell my mum I wanted to stay up all night because I was so scared.”
Despite feeling healthy, Carolann had decided to get checked two times even after doctors told her they were “80 percent sure” that she did not have cancer.
A further scan and biopsy then showed that she had Stage 2 breast cancer which needed an immediate operation.
Speaking about her nightmares, Carolann said: “I didn’t know if I was awake or asleep. I started keeping a journal to see if I could make some sense of it.
“One night I had the most terrifying nightmare yet, I was taken to a hospital I’d never been to before and I saw myself – I was a dying patient.
“I felt so helpless and I kept crying because I kept dying over and over again. When I woke up I put my hand on my breast and I felt a lump – and I knew I had cancer.”
“They told me it was doubling in size each week, but I was just turning into stage three and maybe a year later I would have been terminal,” Carolann continued.
“Going through chemotherapy was worse than any nightmare I could have imagined. The only way I can describe it is they poison you and take you on the brink of death and then bring you back to life, only to bring you to the brink of death again.
“It’s the worst thing in the world. I needed my son and partner to help me in the toilet. I was so unwell, it was so horrific.”
“No one has been able to tell me why I had those dreams, people thought I was crazy,” she added.
“Even the doctors didn’t think I had cancer, but I was sure of it. My dreams were too real and they saved my life.”
Carolann said that since her surgery, she hasn’t had a single nightmare.
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