A bride-to-be is fundraising to try and remove a huge non-cancerous tumour that hangs down from her arm – before her wedding day.
Nikita Berryman, 29, said she has been left feeling “down” about the large lipoma after the NHS said they would not treat it as it is harmless and ”too large”.
Nikita, from Frome, Somerset, plans to marry her fiance James Lacey on June 4 at the three-star Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel in Midsomer Norton.
But the bride-to-be is desperately trying to raise £1,500 over the next 19 weeks, so that she can look and feel her best on her special day.
Nikita, who works in the cafe at Asda in Frome, said: “I’ve had the lump for a few years, I got it looked at it make sure it wasn’t cancerous and was pleased to hear it wasn’t.
“Now I’m planning my wedding I want to get it removed. I tried to get it off via the NHS but I’ve been told they wont do it because it’s too large.”
A lipoma is a benign tumor made of fat tissue. They are generally soft to the touch, movable, and painless.
They usually occur just under the skin, but occasionally may be deeper. They can range from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across.
The NHS web page for lipoma’s explains that because the lumps are harmless they are “not usually treated on the NHS”.
This has left Nikita with no option but to go private and get it removed at the BMI Bath Clinic in Combe Down.
But she says that a consultation alone costs £180 – and that the cost of removing the lipoma will start anywhere from £395 to £450.
Nikita claims she cannot afford this expense while planning her wedding and honeymoon.
She has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the operation which at the time of writing had raised £280 out of the £1,500 target.
She said: “It was love at first sight with James, we met in 2015 through his sister and we’ve planning the wedding for ages.
“We’re planning on going to Italy for our honeymoon but haven’t booked it yet – we’re waiting for a cheaper time to book.
“I catch sight of the lump in the mirror and it gets me down, it catches on clothing.”
She added that she has anxiety and said getting confirmation that the NHS won’t remove her lump has made her feel “flat” and “deflated”.
Her GoFundMe page reads: “I have a lipoma under my left arm that I have had a MRI scan on and thankfully it is non cancerous.
“The NHS have refused to remove it as it’s ‘too large’ and the only option I have is to go private.
“However I am getting married in June this year and would like to have it removed before then preferably, a consultation alone is £180.
“That is a lot of money to find when you have a wedding & honeymoon to pay for.
“I’m not expecting much but I would love to be able to feel confident on my special day and not have to hide under anything to avoid embarrassment.”
To donate to her GoFundMe page, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/have-my-lipoma-removed-for-my-wedding.