Hi, I hope I've got the correct area to post. I've just joined after being diagnosed with lung cancer. It has been found by accident through having a huge abscess (backside area), that I tried to treat myself, then seeing the doctor about it, who sent me for routine blood tests to see what the infection was. These tests showed I had an infection going around my body which must have been the abscess, but showed something could be wrong with my liver as it was showing markers for infection. I was throughly checked for the liver, without any problems, I was sent for another blood test, but this time for a chest x-ray as well. The day after I got the blood results showing my liver was now not showing anything un-towards except that the infection had significantly been reduced (with antibiotics) and the abscess has all but now gone. By last Friday 11th of July, I was given the diagnose of lung cancer by my doctor. I am booked in next week for a CT Scan and the day after with the consultant. It feels all very unreal as I have no symptoms what so ever. Yes I was a smoker for a long time until last friday and I've stopped. No withdrawal symptoms at all except if I smell tobacco smoke I physically want to vomit. Over the years I have cut down and down and down, but never been able to stop. I'm elated I've stopped, something in my head finally Clicked or the penny dropped when I was diagnosed. I also suffer from depression which was caused by bullying from work colleagues and I have not been able to work for a year in fear of my job, negativity at work and the bullying. I was due to start work again in September, but not now I've got this battle on my hands. Other types of cancer are in my family and my partner has just gone into remission from bowel cancer, a few horrid years have gone by, but I just needed to post this to say that I refuse to let cancer beat me, my mother needs me as I'm also her carer, my partner needs me so we can still drive each other crazy (in a very good way) and the cats need somewhere to still sleep...on me. My Name is Ian and I've just turned 53. Regards
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