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In mid August, Sean began complaining about his left shoulder hurting. The week before school started he decided to play tennis for Red River High School, so on Monday, Aug 24 he had a physical, and the doctor determined he had a separated shoulder (mild), but was clear to play tennis. We also noted a small lump on his lower left arm that appeared to be a Lipoma. No worries. Sean continued to play tennis, and would sometimes complain about his shoulder hurting. The last week of September, we were back at the doctor's office to have his shoulder looked at again, and to have his doctor look at a bump in Sean's upper left arm, and to schedule to remove the suspected Lipoma. At that appointment, an X-ray of his left shoulder was taken, showing a level 1 or 2 separation, but no other anomalies. Our doctor referred us to PT to see if the bump in his arm was perhaps muscle related. On Oct 5, Sean had the suspected Lipoma removed, biopsy showed it was benign, but not a Lipoma. PT seemed to help with the muscle pain, and they taped his shoulder to provided support for the shoulder separation, which helped Sean as he played hockey. Tryouts for Bantam AA happened the week of the Oct 14 and due to a schedule change we had to postpone a follow-up appointment with our doctor until Oct 24. Sean also noticed a second bump in his upper left arm. At the Oct 24 follow-up, an X-ray was done on Sean's Humerus (upper arm bone). Nothing appeared abnormal in the X-ray, so an MRI was ordered and completed on Monday, Oct 29. This revealed a mass involving the Humerus in his left arm, and our doctor immediately referred us to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Our appointments at Mayo started on Monday, Nov 5. As of today, Nov 7, it has been determined that Sean has cancer. The type is not specified, but should be determined by Friday, Nov 9. Sean will undergo more tests, and begin chemotherapy next week.