Gray zone lymphoma symptoms: Newlywed Errin Shaw has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer

A woman who thought she was having a heart attack during a music festival was stunned to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just four hours later.

Errin Shaw, 30, was enjoying Snow Patrol at TRNSMT in Glasgow when she was gripped by crippling pain – and even asked her husband if she had been stabbed.

She was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and just four hours later was told she had gray zone lymphoma, a rare form of the disease that affects the immune system.

Errin, from Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, had experienced itchy skin for months before she was diagnosed in September and told she would not live to see Christmas.

She underwent grueling e-poch chemotherapy, which consisted of 24-hour treatments for five days, before coming off for one- to two-week breaks.

Dose-adjusted e-poch chemotherapy is a chemotherapy combination used to treat certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This process was repeated five times with only ten days during the eight month period that Errin was not at the Beatson Cancer Center due to the complexity of her treatment.

Errin said: “I was at TRNSMT in Glasgow Green, we were listening to Snow Patrol and I actually thought I was having a heart attack.

“I turned to my husband Graeme and said ‘have I been stabbed?’ and he said no, so my mum picked us up.

“She took me straight to Glasgow Royal and within four hours I was diagnosed with cancer.

“I was there for three or four nights, then I went straight to Beatson – so I didn’t go home for a month after TRNSMT.

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This June, Errin got a call from her cancer sister to say her scans were clear and she was in remission.

Errin said: “My phone rang and it was Beatson.

“Every time my phone rang and it said ‘Beatson’ I always looked at whoever I was with and said ‘pack your bag’ because we knew that meant I was coming back in.

“It was my lymphoma sister, Michelle, and she said, ‘I can’t wait until you’re at the appointment on Monday to tell you the news. We actually had to triple check because we can’t believe your PET scan is clean.

“She said there is no disease detected at this time.

“As you can imagine it was out of the blue and from last year when I was told I wasn’t going to do Christmas to be told. It was a crazy moment.”

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Beatson Cancer Charity is launching its Bauble Appeal this Christmas to help support more patients and their families.

Errin has since held a ball called the ‘Gingie Ball’ to celebrate her remission, which raised £5,375 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

She also plans to visit the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center on Christmas Day to hand out gifts to patients after they spent time on the wards last Christmas.

Erin said: “There are no words for Beatson, I wouldn’t be here without them.”

“Obviously we’ve raised thousands for Beatson because where you are you’ll experience how amazing they are, they’re phenomenal.

“I can’t speak highly enough of them – from the support staff to the doormen to the cafe lady.

“When you ring the bell and the whole team is cheering you on, the fundraisers who helped with my prom — they all want you to do well when you walk in there.

Beatson Cancer Charity campaign manager Rachel Mullin said: “We are delighted to be launching our Bauble Appeal with the support of some patients and family members who have been kind enough to share their story.

“They all have first-hand experience of Beatson and the difference our charity services make to patients.

“We would be grateful for any support you can offer us this Christmas so we can continue to be there for patients and families across the West of Scotland.”

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