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Sep 23, 2019
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Wow! What a month! On September 26, while I was at work at Liberty Middle School, my heart started racing and I felt like my blood pressure was through the roof. My wonderful co-workers encouraged me to stop by Urgent Care on the way home, so I did. The Dr. there wanted me to drive to the ER to get some tests run since they did not have the equipment necessary on site. So off to Dublin Methodist I went! One of the tests they ran was a chest X-ray. On the image, they spotted numerous "nodules" on my lungs so they ordered a CT scan to take a closer look. There were just a couple small ones that were measurable, but could be tumors, so they ordered a CT scan of my abdomen to see if they could find something (another tumor) that these were coming from. Sadly, they found the source which is a large mass on my kidney. I had a lung biopsy the next day, and it appears the nodules are a result of the kidney tumor.
Kind of crazy to start your day off normal, end up in the ER for a racing heart, then be told you most likely have cancer an hour later. Not quite how I was planning for that Tuesday to turn out! Anyway, my heart looks great and they got my BP down so I am thankful for those issues being resolved. I truly believe that God got my heart racing so that this could be discovered. I could have been walking around for a long time not knowing I had this cancer if not for this random chest X-ray. I had zero symptoms of kidney cancer. Scary, right?
The next step is to remove my kidney which will happen on October 25th. After that, I will meet with an oncologist at The James on November 6 to figure out which treatment path will work best. This will be decided after they figure out exactly which strain of Renal Cell Carcinoma this is. Kidney cancer is typically a disease that you seen in males over the age of 60. Because of my younger age and because I have no other health issues, there are a lot more treatment options available because my body is strong enough to handle it.
I've got this!! I am optimistic and going to make the best of this unexpected situation! I am thankful for each and every one of you and your love and support mean the world to me and my family. Love you all!