It all started with a pair white sandals that had a (three inch) wedged heel. It was a Labor Day sale and I just had to have those shoes. While wearing the shoes one day, I got out of the car and stepped incorrectly. This resulted in twisting my foot. A few days later, my back started to hurt and it got worse over time. I went to the doctors for a back X-ray and everything turned out fine. While I was there, the doctor wanted to take advantage of my presence and complete my yearly exams. One of these tests included a chest X-ray.
My X-ray showed shadowing on my upper left lung that was not there last year. Due to the fact that I was recently sick, the doctor was not too concerned but wanted to follow up with a CT scan. Especially since I showed him my red cherry finger tips, I thought I had an allergic reaction to finger nail polish remover. I found out later it was a sign of lung distress. At my follow up appointment, the CT showed a mass on my upper left lung. This led to a PET scan and the golf ball sized mass glowed, indicating that the mass in my lung was more than likely cancer.
My appointment to the Pulmonologist was a week away. In the meantime, I started experiencing panic attacks and severe chest pain. I ended up in the hospital for a week where I underwent a biopsy of the mass. This was when it was confirmed that at the age of 50 I had stage 2 lung cancer.
After discharge, the chest pain continued. This landed me back in the hospital where I had a cardiac catheterization done. It was determined that a tiny capillary in my heart was constricting during my panic attacks.
My treatment plan was radiation twice a day, five days a week for six weeks, chemo the first and last week of radiation. I handled it pretty well except I lost my beautiful curls.
I thought I was in the clear, it has been two years and all the follow up PET scans were good, and my Dr. said that there was nothing left but scar tissue. That was until my scan a few weeks ago. I glowed. It was in the same area about the size of a dime. I had my biopsy yesterday and I will not get the results until Thursday….
hopefully it will be all good.