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Ginger griffin my journey
Apr 3, 2018 Latest post:
Apr 16, 2018
I have had a spot on my upper left thigh for several years. It started out like a small boil. About 3 years ago while I was at the dermatologist anyway having skin checked I asked about this particular pimple looking thing on my thigh. She looked at it for a few minutes and said it was probably a lypoma, nothing to worry about but she would remove it if it bothered me. At that time it did not bother me so I shrugged it off. Oh how I wish I could go back......... Fast forward to November 2017, this spot on my thigh never went away and in about 6 months time grew tremendously. It actually looks like a big nipple on my thigh and it is starting to hurt. When I am at my monthly appointment with my pain management doctor I show it to her and she immediately says, "oh no, that has to come off ASAP." With her help the following week I am having this "thing" removed from my thigh by a plastic surgeon in Richmond. After the surgery he tells my family the tumor was pretty big. He said it was the size of his fist. He removed the entire tumor and sent it off for biopsy. I am to return to his office in two weeks to check incision and remove stitches. I get a call on a Monday to come in on Wednesday, one week sooner than planned. Karly went with me and as I had a feeling, he told me the biopsy came back and it was cancer. Leiomyosarcoma Cancer, a very rare but very aggressive cancer. He felt certain that he had removed the entire tumor and he felt like he had removed plenty of margin around it. He wanted me to go see an Oncologist in Sugar Land. Well, when I left his office I was rather numb. It was very surreal but there was no question in my mind I was going directly to MD Anderson. I went home and with the help of my brother (who had malignant melanoma) next thing I knew I had an appointment at MD Anderson with Dr. Justin Bird in the Sarcoma Center at MDA two days later.