A woman who was misdiagnosed by her doctor for stress now faces life without a leg as she battles cancer

A 32-year-old woman, who was told by her doctor that she had hives due to stress at work, was shocked to find out that she had cancer and demanded the amputation of her left leg.

  • 32-year-old Mitera Balkaran noticed a small, painless swelling on her leg and went to the doctor.
  • In Belgium, a mechanical engineer misdiagnosed hives due to stress
  • However, he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma and had to have his leg amputated

A woman who was told she had hives due to stress at work was shocked to find she had cancer, resulting in the amputation of her left leg.

Mitera Balkaran, 32, was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in 2021 when he was working as a mechanical engineer in Belgium and developed an enlarged tumor on his leg.

Mitera first noticed a small, painless lump on her leg and went to a local doctor.

She was told she had developed a bunion due to stress at work, but six weeks later she noticed the swelling had grown and she was losing feeling in her leg.

Mitera Balkaran, 32 (pictured), was misdiagnosed by her doctor as stress-induced hives. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he had only two weeks to decide whether to have his leg amputated

She decided to see another doctor and after an ultrasound and MRI scan, she was told she had a type of soft tissue sarcoma called Undifferentiated Pleomorphic High Grade Sarcoma (UPS).

Mitera was diagnosed in August 2021 and managed to beat the cancer until May 2022, when he was told it had returned.

After the cancer returned, Mitera required intensive treatment to beat it back, including aggressive chemotherapy, lung surgery and a potentially life-changing, leg amputation.

Mitera: “I was shocked. I went into counseling with the worst case scenarios in my head, but amputation was not on my mind.

Mitera was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in 2021 while working as a mechanical engineer in Belgium.  He is pictured here after his amputation.

Mitera was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in 2021 while working as a mechanical engineer in Belgium. He is pictured here after his amputation.

He noticed a small, painless lump on his leg, which after six weeks grew larger and larger.  He initially beat the cancer in August 2021, but it was reported that he returned in May 2022.

He noticed a small, painless lump on his leg, which after six weeks grew larger and larger. He initially beat the cancer in August 2021, but it was reported that he returned in May 2022.

“I could keep a straight face, but as soon as I got home from the meeting, I cried.”

A few days later, Mitera decided to spend his last days fighting cancer and using two legs.

Her husband took her to Greece and the couple did some activities that would never be the same without two legs.

Mitera adds, “It was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I looked at everyone’s feet and thought how happy they were.

Mitera and her husband Constantine (pictured) decided to go on holiday to Greece and take part in activities that would never be the same without two legs, including swimming in the ocean and going on long walks.

Mitera and her husband Constantine (pictured) decided to go on holiday to Greece and take part in activities that would never be the same without two legs, including swimming in the ocean and going on long walks.

Mitera is pictured here with his friends after his amputation.  He wonders if he would still have the leg if the GP had made the diagnosis from the start

Mitera is pictured here with his friends after his amputation. He wonders if he would still have the leg if the GP had made the diagnosis from the start

A scan of Mitera's leg shows swelling.  Her next steps will be 18 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the tumors that have spread.

A scan of Mitera’s leg shows swelling. Her next steps will be 18 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the tumors that have spread.

“On the last day of the trip, I swam in the ocean and walked everywhere I could.”

He remembers his first visit to the GP and wonders if his leg would still be there today if he had taken it seriously.

He explains, “I started documenting my journey on TikTok so I could remember it if I passed.

“I also realized that there wasn’t enough content for Sarcoma, so that was my motivation.

“People think that everything will be back to normal for me and that’s not true at all.

“I will create a new normal for myself, but it will never be the same normal as what I have had for the last 32 years.”

Mitera’s next steps will be 18 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove tumors that have spread throughout her body, including her lungs.

After he recovers, he will be able to begin rehabilitation on his leg and exercise with a prosthetic leg.

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