Samantha Cosgrove

First post: May 18, 2022 Latest post: Feb 29, 2024
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Here is the back story to how we have arrived at this place. 

October 2021: annual check up. Great blood draw, healthy!

November 2021: Started having a bruised feeling in my chest, under my sternum. Over the months, the feeling would worsen and lesson deepening on the day and the activity. Somedays when I laid down, it would feel as if I had a stack of bricks on top of my chest. When sitting up in the mornings, I would have to sit on the edge of the bed to breathe through the pain in my chest. This is abnormal for me because I have a pretty high pain tolerance. Other days, the pain was very minimal and only noticed if I was exercising, taking deep breaths, or breathing in cold air. It became a journey of living with chronic pain.

February 2022: Because the pain continued, we had an X-ray at the end of February. Nothing concerning could be seen in the X-ray. I tried magnesium cream for a while to help heal any unseen wounds or muscle pains.

March 2022: Starting seeing a chiropractor. Each week I had 3-4 ribs out of place. These adjustments would help alleviate some pain so I thought maybe this could be the solution to my weird aches. Some of my chest bruised feelings had drastically diminished. New symptoms included: shortness of breath, increased heart rate  when walking or exercising, and itching on my sternum.

April 2022: Our family was blessed to go on a 3 week RV trip. 10 states, 7 national parks, 6,000 miles, and a lifetime of memories!!! The last week of our trip, after a day of hiking in South Dakota, the vein on the right side of my neck was bulging, felt very strained and under a lot of pressure.  The next morning I woke up with swollen eyes, puffy under my eyes and puffy all the way up to my eyebrows. So weird :) After talking with a few people in the medical field, I decided not to go to the hospital in SD because I wasn't having any other symptoms. I planned to follow up with Chiro, my PA, and PT after getting home. 

May 2022: We returned from our epic trip Friday, May6th. Sunday, Mother's Day, I was in extreme back pain and could not wait to go to the chiropractor to get adjusted. I was hopeful that would alleviate the strain on my vein.  I went to the chiropractor on Monday afternoon. When the doctor saw my vein, she called in a second dr to help check my symptoms. After checking me out, they had a family member come get me and sent me straight to the ER.  I went to Methodist Hospital. I thought this would be a simple scan of my neck and I would be sent home. Instead, I have a CT scan of my chest and an ultrasound of by abdomen (because it was tender when she pushed on it). I told Tony that I would be home soon and not to worry. 

Then, the doctor came in and gave my MIL and myself the most shocking news: they found a mass 8cmx6.5cm (later scans showed it was possibly even bigger)  in front of my heart and some spots near my liver. They wanted me to be admitted to the hospital so further tests could be run quickly over the next days rather then trying to schedule everything outpatient. And they also wanted to watch my heart for stress and vein for blood flow. After checking my watch, my resting heart rate had been in the 90s for the past week and had been slowly increasing over the past several weeks. This large mass was putting pressure on my heart and partially encapsulating the vein, thus causing the bulging. Suddenly, allllll of my symptoms for these past months were very clear and the doctors quickly knew what it was pointing towards. 

I'll make this as short as I can: I have had a CT scan on my abdomen, ultrasound of my neck, echo of my heart, internal ultrasound and needle biopsy of my pancreas, external surgical biopsy of the mass in my chest, a PET scan, bone marrow test, countless blood draws, met a ton of amazing doctors/nurses/surgeons/oncologists and I'm sure I'm forgetting things. 

God has been with us every step of the way! We are thankful for His timing in all of this. Thankful for each doctor that has cared for me and ran extra tests, even working after hours to ensure I had the tests needed in a quick amount of time. We trust HIM and know that He will heal me whether that through miracles or medicine, I will live a long life on Earth, and I will have this new battle in my testimony to bring Him glory. 

I have been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is cancer in the lymphatic system and blood. Lymphoma is successfully treated with chemotherapy. We have moved our care to the MedCenter and to an internationally recognized dr that has been doing lymphoma care for decades. Our plan is to start treatment this Monday, May 23. I will do 1 outpatient treatment followed by 5 days of inpatient treatment. 16 days at home and then 5 days inpatient for 5/6months. The inpatient treatment drastically increases the success of treatment and hopefully reduces the need for radiation after chemo. 

Thank you for all that have prayed and prayed! Each prayer is our most treasured gift. Please feel free to sign up for notifications and we will update this site. Thank you for your support and encouragement.  

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