Woman gets devastating diagnosis after doctors mistake her 5-month cough for Covid

Chloe Girardier, 23, claimed to have initially been denied an in-person doctor’s appointment and was given antibiotics, inhalers, and acid reflux tablets to no avail

Chloe Giradier believed she had contracted a cold
Chloe Giradier believed she had contracted a cold

A woman was given a devastating diagnosis after doctors mistook her cough for Covid.

Chloe Girardier, 23, believed she had contracted a cold in July after experiencing a chesty cough but was left concerned after the cough continued weeks after.

She was told she had Covid due to her five-month-long cough, but has now been told she actually has cancer.

Chloe claimed to have initially been denied an in-person doctor’s appointment, was given antibiotics, inhalers, and acid reflux tablets to no avail.

But after seven doctor’s appointments, she had had enough after noticing she was losing weight and demanded a chest X-ray to discover what was causing her continuous cough.

Jack and Chloe together


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And on December 3, she was given the devastating diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma and is set to undergo intensive chemotherapy just a few days before Christmas.

Chloe, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire said: “My cough started in July and just never went.

“I’m putting a complaint into my doctors because I think I’ve been fobbed off for a long time due to my age.

“I had heard about this kind of cancer before because I knew someone who had had it and luckily, it’s one of the easiest cancer’s to treat so I’m confident I’ll make a full recovery.

Chloe posing with her mum


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Jack and Chloe in happier times


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“I had no lumps or any other noticeable signs apart from the continuous cough.

“When I started losing weight in October, that’s when I really pushed for answers because it was noticeable to everyone around me.

“I can’t believe it wasn’t looked into further and if I hadn’t pushed for the chest X-ray, I may still not have a diagnosis.

“Now, because I’ve been diagnosed so late, I’ll have to have my chemotherapy a few days before Christmas.”

Chloe, who works as a home carer for the elderly, was devastated after receiving her diagnosis but wants to raise awareness for other young people to ask for answers if they feel something is wrong.

She added: “It’s been dragged on so long because of my age.

“Even the doctor’s were saying it was strange that I had a cough for such a long time but they weren’t looking into it.

“It’s so hard to get appointments; they kept telling me I wasn’t eligible for an urgent appointment because it was just a cough.

Chloe Girardier believed she had contracted a cold in summer


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“There were multiple times people asked if I had tested for Covid and it was frustrating because other illnesses still exist and a cough isn’t just a sign of covid.

“I felt people would stare at me when I coughed and people instantly assumed I must have Covid.”

After the chest X-ray, the doctor’s found a mass on Chloe’s chest measuring 10.8cm and have scheduled her for intensive chemotherapy on December 20.

Chloe had just bought a house with her partner, Jack Dunn, 24, and wishes doctor’s had found out about cancer sooner.

She said: “If doctor’s had found it quicker, I wouldn’t need such intense chemo.

“I’ve prepared myself for the chemo but the hardest part for me is going to be losing my hair.

“I do my hair every morning and don’t leave the house without mascara so losing all my hair is going to be tough.

“I’ve had to be signed off from work for three months as it has been a really difficult time.

“This cancer could’ve been caught three months earlier and I’m just lucky it’s this type of cancer and not one that progresses really quickly.”

The family are fundraising for a real hair wig for Chloe after her chemotherapy on GoFundMe.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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