Cancer #1: I Discovered the Lump

I started this little journal the day I found the lump. I figured from the beginning, it was bad and I wanted to remember it all. I know that regardless of the outcome, I WILL FIGHT, AND I WILL WIN! How do I know? Because live or die, I will be in charge of my attitude, and that is what winning is all about!

Wanda Laplount., JUly 27, 2015

July 27, 2015
I was lying in Ken’s lap watching TV.  Well, he was watching while I was sleeping.  He did the usual shake of my shoulder and said, “Let’s go to bed.”

That’s when I found it…the lump.  My right hand slid across my neck/shoulder as I sat up and this walnut sized, hard lump greeted my fingers.

My first reaction> WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?

July 28, 2015
The next morning, I carefully showed Ken the lump and he said, “You better get that checked out!”

I called the family doctor to ask if I should come in or wait until the next week when I would see my rheumatologist.  I thought maybe I’d just get him to look at it. My family doc said I should come in ASAP.  She made an appointment for me the next day.  That was quite disarming.  Maybe this is more serious than I suspected.

July 29, 2015
Dr. Hanna was obviously concerned, but she plainly stated that she didn’t want to scare me.  I told her I wasn’t going to freak out.  ”This is what it is, but I need to know.  I need the facts, the truth.  I can deal with this even if it is bad.”

She told me that this is not a good place to have a mass.  It is at the base of my neck above my collarbone.  I told her I had already read everything on Google Scholar about a subclavicular, painless lump. I already knew it wasn’t good.

A sonogram was immediately scheduled!

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