Oh My Fucking God This Woman Coughed Up Her Own Tumor

Are you eating right now? If so, please stop before continuing to read. A UK mother of six has been credited with saving her own life after hacking up what turned out to be a fucking tumor. Holy shit.

According to ABC's Medical Unit blog, 37-year-old Claire Osborn was just driving along on the wrong side of the road like a normal, everyday British person when she felt a tickling sensation at the back of her throat. The tickle escalated into a five minute full-on hacking fit that ended with her feeling something dislodge and fly out of her mouth. Upon examination, she discovered that it was a tiny strip of liver colored tissue, which she threw away. The next day, her son was with her when the coughing began anew, but this time, the tissue she coughed up was about an inch long and heart-shaped.

Concerned that coughing up pieces of her own flesh might mean that there were some medical shenanigans afoot, Osborn took her hackings to her doctor, who performed a biopsy on the tissue. Turns out, she'd expectorated some metastatic adenocarcinoma, which is doctor language for "she spat up an aggressive, deadly cancer that probably originated at the back of her mouth." They told her she'd need chemotherapy and gave her 50% odds of surviving, but when they scanned her for remaining cancer cells, there were none to be found.

She literally hacked up her fucking cancer oh my god.

Mouth cancers like the kind that afflicted Osborn often go undetected until it's too late; sufferers notice a persistant cough or difficulty talking before seeking medical attention. It's also rare that this sort of cancer can be removed without any sort of follow up treatment.

Claire Osborn says she considers herself lucky, although I hope she can live for the rest of her days without revisiting the nightmare-haunting image of a hacked up bit of cancer.

UK Mom coughs up cancer [ABC]