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In early 2018, Karen A. DiBernardo White noticed a growth about the size of a golf ball that was just below her belly button, on her left side. Within months, the protrusion grew to the size of an orange, and then about the circumference of a grapefruit.
“It was causing discomfort at first, then it got more painful as time went on,” says White, who lives in Midland, Michigan. The growth reminded White of the classic 1979 horror movie “Alien,” in which monsters grow inside victims and pop out of their skin. “I was expecting it to come out and say hello,” she says. “It was really strange. You could see it jutting out from my clothing. I was lopsided.” More…