Earlier this year my aunty was diagnosed with primary asymptomatic lung cancer, only detected because of symptoms associated with the secondary cancer in her brain.
Shortly after my aunt’s diagnosis her cancer specialist, commented: “I could tell your cancer originated from your lungs because of the shape of your finger nails.” He explained that a curve or what is known as clubbing of the fingernails can be a sign of the disease and can be prevalent amongst lung cancer sufferers.
He added to this by stating that a person’s nails can be a “window to physical health”, often providing clues about other conditions, deficiencies and general health.
Here’s one for the acrylic nail addicts. This is how life changes with and without nails. Post continues below.
At the time it was an incidental observation and comment but for whatever reason it stayed with me.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I was typing away on my computer and noticed a vertical black line that went down my middle finger nail. All of a sudden, this incidental nail comment sprung to the forefront of my mind, and I started to wonder what it could mean (AKA I freaked out.)
The next few days, in between visiting my GP, getting a referral to a dermatologist and waiting to see him, I was anxiety ridden because as well as being a natural worrier, I was also obviously impacted by my aunt’s surprise cancer diagnoses and it terrified me to my core.