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Then the cough came. The 8 week plus cough brought me into the doctor, along with shoulder pain. I was given an inhaler and told to take OTC cough stuff. Neither helped. The inhaler gave me a splitting headache. The shoulder pain became more intense. I was using Advil and Tylenol around the clock. The pain and the cough would wake me up. This was November and I was sleeping in blocks of time around taking the pills.
I went back to the doctor. I was given a zpack and an order for a chest X-ray. I was hesitant about the chest X-ray because of how much I paid out of pocket already. After receiving 3 calls in a row telling me to get the X-ray, I went and got it
I got the X-ray the day before leaving for Rhode Island. After I landed I received the results that the diagnosis was pneumonia.
I had a low key Xmas, with lots of rest but i didn't feel much better. So back at the doctor. I saw a different doctor who gave me a really aggressive antibiotic. Nothing changed, still annoying cough and chronic shoulder pain that chiropractic and massage didn't touch.
I went into the er because I was told the pain could be something scary like a blood lot or a new infection. The doctor did some scans and found 2 masses. The options they could be at the time were lymphoma, carcinoma or infectious mass.
I stopped working around now. I didn't have the energy to be all there for my clients.
I started the testing, which included 2 biopsies, a pet scan, a brain MRI. All technicians said it was imperative I did not cough. I was pleasantly surprised that with enough drugs that is possible.
I knew within me it was cancer. I received the confirmation on the 31st of January. The diagnosis is non small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer.
I smoked for short times in my life and I generally live healthy. There is no genetic history of cancer in my family.
I am coming into acceptance that this is my path bringing me a great transformation that will benefit the highest good for all those concerned.