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!