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Teen Model's Stomach Looked 'Five Months Pregnant' After Fainting In Shower, Here's Why

A 15-year-old Colorado girl was off to a promising start in her modeling career when she started noticing something was wrong. At first, she thought it was her diet. Then, doctors told her it was a cyst. It turned out to be stage 4 ovarian cancer, and life changed on a dime.

It started with some bloating and nausea. Peyton Linafelter says she didn't think much of it. “I couldn’t keep anything down,” she said to Fox News. “My stomach was a little expanded. But I just thought I was eating a lot of carbs. I didn’t think anything of it… but each week my stomach got bigger and bigger. By the time it was April, I looked like I was five months pregnant. My lower back hurt a lot and my abdomen was in pain.”

A doctor diagnosed the 15-year-old with ovarian cysts. Things continued to get progressively worse, however.

On her 16th birthday, Linafelter was told she had ovarian cancer-- stage 4. She's believed to be the youngest female in the United States to suffer from this type of cancer. Worse, it had spread throughout her abdomen and to her lungs.

“I was in complete shock,” she explained. “I was in disbelief. I had thought they were in the wrong room or it was a mistake. My mom seemed to know something was wrong, like a bigger scale than just ovarian cysts. I guess deep down I did too, but I wasn’t thinking cancer.”

Despite her fears, Linafelter resolved to fight. One thing she was worried about, though, was her modeling career suffering. She was worried about scars and about losing her hair.

She didn't have to worry-- many in the industry were so inspired by Linafelter's story that they wanted to work with her. She was asked to work with Sports Illustrated models like Myla Dalbesio and Kate Upton.

After surgery and chemotherapy, Linafelter announced she was cancer-free. “I definitely have a new normal now,” she said. “It’s definitely the normal I’m going to be seeing more often. But I’m hanging out with friends, I’m out and doing this. I’m working out a lot so I can have a better body than ever before.”

She has a message for other teens: don't ignore your health. “I would say go to your doctor for anything and if you think anything is wrong... Even if you think it’s something very simple, there could be long-term effects. Look after your health and don’t just push it aside.”

Source: Fox News
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