(CBS 3) TULSA, Okla. Can you imagine walking around with a tumor in your belly that weighs 93 pounds and not know it was there?
A 32-year-old woman, who was repeatedly told she needed to lose weight, soon discovered why years of dieting simply didn't work; she was carrying around a 93 pound growth on her ovary.
Taquela Hilton said she struggled with weight for 12 years and during that time, the cyst was never diagnosed.
"I quit going to doctors, every one I went to told me to lose weight and I had tried every diet I could think of," said Hilton.
It was her primary care Doctor Jennifer Cameron who finally figured out it wasn't just a problem with food.
The first clue was her legs.
"The first summer I met her, her legs were too tight, so huge her legs would just crack and weep," said Dr. Cameron of Southcrest Medical Plaza.
Desperate for answers, Dr. Cameron, scheduled exploratory surgery.
During the surgery doctors made the shocking discovery, a 93 pound benign ovarian cyst.
"This was just like a big balloon, a big beach ball," said Dr. Cameron.
Since the surgery three weeks ago Taquela has lost 137 pounds. Doctors said her health is improving daily and she now weighs 359 pounds.
Doctors said much smaller ovarian cysts are very common and usually not cancerous. Often there are no symptoms associated with ovarian cysts, so many women are not aware they exist.
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