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Nov 29, 2017 Latest post:
9 hours ago
So, after Halloween I started having a dry cough. I had an appointment coming up with my OB (Dr Egner) so I just talked with her about it and she put me on Tessalon Perles. Well, that didn’t help so Dr. Egner told me to see my primary care provider. Well, apparently I was not established patient with my PCP so I went to the Little Clinic to just try to shake this cough. They weren’t much help (they blamed the weather). So, I talked to Dr. Egner again and she put me on an antibiotic. Well, on Saturday (11/25/17), the lymph nodes on the left side of my neck/shoulder area were visibly swollen and protruding. I messaged Dr. Egner and she told me to go to Good Sam - Western Ridge for blood work and a chest X-Ray. Chest X-Ray came back with just a little fluid on the lung and a foggy area in the upper chest. The doctor stated she wanted a CAT scan but at that time, believed it was a case of pneumonia. Well, after the CAT scan, the doctor came in and I could tell right away by her expression, something was wrong. They found a 14 cm x 10 cm tumor in my upper left chest area. Essentially, covering my throat, heart and lung area. So, we were transported to Good Sam - Clifton and got settled. On Sunday the 26th, they took a biopsy and performed an MRI on my abdomen and pelvic area. The MRI has come back negative (unofficially) which was great news! Well, On Monday (11/27/17) we were informed that the biopsy came back inconclusive so they sent me down to have one of my lymph nodes removed surgically. The baby has always been a top priority for both me and the medical team here so I asked if they could do the surgery with just a local numbing agent. They were okay with it, and the procedure was a success. I also had a full work up ultrasound and the baby is doing great. He/she is 3.1 pounds at 30 weeks which is fantastic. I have received two steroid doses to perk baby’s lungs and prepare for any immediate need for delivery. On Tuesday (11/28/17) Dr. Brahmamdam informed us that, with 90% certainty, we are dealing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The doctor also said that he is very optimistic that this is a treatable and curable cancer. The next step is having a PICC line put in and get the first dose of chemo, all hopefully tomorrow (11/29/17). We appreciate your support, prayers and kind words of hope and encouragement. We will keep you all up to date right here as events unfold.