A 25-year-old woman was diagnosed with advanced cancer when sipping on wine triggered painful itching down her arm and neck.
Lauren Firenza, of Nottingham, noticed a tingling sensation while at a family party in December last year.
After months of blood tests, X-rays and scans, Miss Firenza was referred to a specialist in March, who identified a lump on her right lung.
A biopsy the following month revealed she had stage four Hodgkin lymphoma. Painful lymph nodes, itching and abdominal discomfort after drinking alcohol are common symptoms of the disease.
Miss Firenza, who 'works in social media', underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, which she endured for four days at a time over three months.
She was given the all-clear in June but still requires two rounds of chemo to prevent the disease coming back.
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Lauren Firenza (left) was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin lymphoma when sipping on wine at a party triggered painful itching down her arm and neck. She is pictured right during one of her six rounds of chemotherapy, which she endured for four days at a time over three months
She cut her hair short before she starting chemo in an attempt to stay in control of the side effects as best she could. After her second round of the treatment, she shaved it all off
Miss Firenza first noticed her arm and neck were tingling while drinking wine over dinner with friends in September last year.
'I'd be going out with my friends for dinner and we'd have some wine, and I started to get these tingling pains down my neck and then it went down my right arm and to my fingertips,' she said.
'It started off like a post-gym, sauna, kind of pain so I was thinking, "oh maybe I've just got a cold".
'I wasn't really the type of person to go to the doctors unless it was really bad so I pushed it off all the way until December.'
When her symptoms occurred again at a family gathering over the festive season, Miss Firenza booked to see her GP.
'The whole of January, February and March was just blood tests, scans, X-rays,' she said.
'Then I was at my doctor's and he said he had done everything but couldn't work out what it was so he referred me to the hospital for a specialist to review me.'
Miss Firenza was admitted to hospital, where medics performed a CT scan.
'Straight away they found a lump in the right side of my chest and right lung,' she said.
'I kind of didn't even think it was cancer at first, I just thought, "oh okay what is it? Can we just cut it out?".
To her surprise, doctors delivered the devastating news she had advanced cancer.
'As soon as they told me, the waiting game, which was the worst part, was over,' she said. 'Now we could put a plan together to get rid of it.'
Miss Firenza (left) was given the all-clear in June but still requires two rounds of chemo to prevent the disease coming back. She would even dress up for her chemo sessions (seen right) and have her nails done to help boost her self-esteem while she battled the disease
Pictured before she became ill, Miss Firenza thought she was just run down when the tingling sensation first occurred during dinner with friends in September last year. Not wanting to go to her GP unnecessarily, she ignored her symptoms until they occurred again three months later
Miss Firenza, who used to only wear black and white, invested in a pink tracksuit (left) to lift her mood during chemo. She was given the all-clear in June but still has to endure two round of chemo to prevent the disease returning. Miss Firenza (right) hopes to get back to a normal life
Miss Firenza maintained a positive mindset throughout her cancer battle to stop it 'taking over'
Some patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, which affects the lymphatic system, report having painful lymph nodes after drinking alcohol.
Itching and abdominal pain or vomiting after alcohol are also common symptoms of the disease.
It is unclear exactly how alcohol triggers this discomfort.
It may be that alcohol causes blood vessels within the lymph nodes to dilate.
This then leads to a