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  1. I went to the hospital August 10th 2021 because my doctor thought I had suffered a stroke. Hold on that’s the middle of the story let me start back at the beginning. I woke up on Tuesday morning about 4:35am got out of bed and fell on the floor. My entire left leg up to my hip was numb and had no feeling, my face felt all fuzzy and weird. My fall woke up my husband, once he made sure I was not broken he took my BP and called our Doctor. She advised us to go to ER ASAP. So I took a shower, got dressed, and went to the ER which is only about eight minutes away five if you hurry. It was peak C-19 season so Hubs wasn’t allowed past the triage nurse and I was alone with all the ER docs, nurses and technicians. After 8.5 hours of IVs, X-rays, CTs, pain killers, anti-seizures drugs, blood thinners, blood pressure meds and loads of fun with a bedpan they told me I didn’t have Covid or a stroke but they were admitting me. I got 5 minutes with Hubs and away we went, me and the transport guy upstairs to the room for 3 days of more hospital fun. My headache was the worst migraine of my life — they finally gave me a pain cocktail in the IV and I went to sleep. The next few days were a barrage of MRIs, CTs with contrast on my chest and brain. That’s the test that makes feel like your peeing your pants but your not, I’m not a fan at all for the record. More EKGs, EEGs, sonograms and I honestly don’t remember what other tests. They again confirmed I didn’t have a stoke, just a small brain aneurysm in my left temple — no problem right LOL? And the real big gotcha were the two masses they found one in each of my lungs. The care team proceeded to explain that I really needed to see and talk to a pulmonary doctor and have a biopsy of the masses they found. However, due to Covid they were short handed in the pulmonary department and would not be able to do the procedure at that time. So I was released with referrals for five specialists and off we went to the races. Finally on September 22, I had the bronchoscopy and the cancer was confirmed as adenocarcinoma NSCLC. My lung resection surgery was November 5th which confirmed the diagnosis as stage IIIB T3N2 and they removed 20 lymph nodes. Early preliminary testing shows the EGFR 19 mutation. I keep waiting for the phone to ring and my primary care doctor to tell they were wrong and somewhere during that phone call I wake up because this has really just been the worst imaginable nightmare of my life.
  2. Do you have questions about how a cancer diagnosis might affect you or someone you care about? Join the Cancer Legal Resource Center for a Summer 2016 Webinar Series to learn about important legal issues that stem from a cancer diagnosis in four different webinars. July 13, 2016: 5 Legal Tips for Recently Diagnosed Cancer Patients Join us for a webinar on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! Find out about the various legal issues that can stem from a cancer diagnosis, including employment law, insurance options, and disability insurance, and the laws that protect cancer patients. July 27, 2016: 5 Legal Tips for Young adult Cancer Patients Join us for a webinar on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! Learn about what types of protections are available to higher education students with cancer or students who are cancer survivors both during the application process and once the students have started college, graduate school, and beyond. Additionally, learn about ways for students or alumni with disabilities to manage or possibly discharge their student loans and applying for jobs with cancer history, etc. August 10, 2016: 5 Legal Tips for Advanced Stage Cancer Patients Join us for a webinar on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! Join us and learn about advance planning, SSI/SSDI/compassionate allowances, etc, in addition to estate planning topics such as wills and trusts. We will talk about advance healthcare directives and tools you can use to make sure that your wishes regarding medical treatment are upheld, even when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. August 24, 2016: 5 Tips for Caregivers of Cancer Patients Join us for a webinar on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! Find out what your rights are under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the federal law that provides caregivers with options for taking time off work, and learn about additional protections available under state law, and about other issues involving caregivers, such as SS survivor benefits, probate, advanced healthcare directives, etc. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For questions about these webinars, please contact the CLRC at [email protected]<script data-cfhash='f9e31' type="text/javascript">/* */</script> or call (213) 736-1100. To Ensure this email does not end up in your junk mail, please add [email protected] to your address book or safe list.
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