Dr. Thais Aliabadi’s penchant for detail may very well have saved the life of Hrush Achemyan, the star makeup artist for social media influencers Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.
As reported in People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and hundreds of media outlets around the globe, Hrush said that during a routine Well Woman Exam, Dr. Aliabadi went far above and beyond. Most OB/GYN annual exams just consist of a usual breast check and Pap smear. Dr. Aliabadi wanted to know exactly what was causing Hrush’s discomfort, so she performed an ultrasound (as she always does in annual exams).
After discovering a mass on Hrush’s left ovary, Aliabadi performed a biopsy. It was diagnosed as ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of death in women. Thankfully, she caught it early while it was still considered stage 1.
An ounce of prevention
There are usually no signs or symptoms of early ovarian cancer, and some cases aren’t diagnosed until cancer has spread to the abdomen or another part of the pelvis.
“I can’t stress enough for you guys to get checked out annually and be in tip-top shape,” says Hrush, 33. She is clearly aware that only 15 percent of women with the disease are diagnosed early when it is still at stage 1. “Ovarian cancer is a silent and deadly killer. It doesn’t discriminate.”
Of the 21,000 U.S. women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, 14,000 don’t survive.
It’s a good thing that Hrush was being tended to by Dr. Aliabadi, known as one of America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Ovarian cancer can be very difficult to detect and diagnose, as many of its symptoms are similar to those caused by far less serious problems, like indigestion.
Rumors were flying on social media
During early fall, many of Hrush’s 2.4 million Twitter followers suspected she was pregnant. After all, her tummy was puffy enough to look like she was with a child.
But Hrush kept a low profile, not wanting to reveal the real reason. A diagnosis of cancer can do that to a person. Like any grieving process, denial is often the first step.
But after much soul-searching, Hrush decided to let it all out in an 18-minute video that she posted online called “Putting Rumors to Rest”.
“I was in shock and couldn’t even say the word cancer out loud,” she says. “(Usually) when you find out it’s too little too late, but thank you, Lord, for having this amazing doctor in my life.”ARVE Error: src mismatch
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A journey to health
The video is an intimate first-hand look at the day Hrush has a procedure to rid her body of cancerous cells.
Early in the video, she gives viewers the big reveal. “Watch my journey as I battle cancer,” she says. “It was extremely hard for me to share this journey with everyone. (But) after two months of contemplating, I mustered up the courage to post the video.”
At times Hrush is filled with nervous laughter, and others she appears silent and quite aware of her life and death circumstances.
At one point she lifts up her shirt to show viewers just how distended her tummy has become. “This is swelling of my cervix,” she explains. “I’m not pushing out. It’s super hard. I’m not pregnant. It looks crazy,” Hrush says.
Hrush keeps the camera running as she sits in the surgical suite chair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center waiting for Dr. Aliabadi. She continues her stream of consciousness observations with no sedation. The video continues through the procedure and into the recovery room.
Post-surgery, Hrush complains of pain resembling the “worst period of my life,” but stays positive about the outcome.
Twenty-four hours after surgery, the movie takes up again as she demonstrates her new self. “This is the next day,” she says. “Look how much it has gone down. No more swelling. It’s so crazy to me that I feel so free now,” she says through tears of joy.
About Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi
As one of the nation’s leading obstetricians, Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi offers the very best in gynecology and obstetrics care. She has also been selected as the Top OB/GYN in Los Angeles by LA magazine for six years in a row.
Together with her warm professional team, Dr. Aliabadi supports women through all phases of life. She fosters a special one-on-one relationship between patient and doctor.
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