Outrider1 Posted March 13, 2009 Share Posted March 13, 2009 Hello, I have been lurking for a month or so and thought may be I better introduce myself, so you all would not be wondering who that stranger is. My name is Dawn and i am a 49 y/o (50 in 11 days) widowed navy vet with 4 kids (M25, f24, m18, f16) three dogs and a cat. I live in North Texas and have been dx with SCLC (May 08). I have under gone chemo (once every 4 weeks for 6 months ) and have had at this point 3 NED scans since Oct 08. I have just started PCI as of today for the next two weeks and will be doing another PET, CT and doctors appointments in early June. My SCLC was discovered after I had a CT done to figure out why I was having such pain in my back and difficulty walking. They diagnosed (believe it or not) diverticulitis as the reason for the back pain but stated that they saw a lung mass. So I was then fighting with the VA to get an appointment in the next week or two instead of two months down the road to get the lung mass seen to. My PC Doctor gave more antibiotics for the "diverticulitis" , an x-ray and set up a pulmonary function test. The x-ray showed the mass, so a bronchoscopy was also order. The PF test show that my function was fine, but the bronchoscopy showed SCLC (they took a biopsy while they were in there). While waiting for the results of the biopsy, I saw my PC for the "diverticulitis" as the antibiotics did not seem to have cleared it up. He never once said that he felt the problem was caused by metastasis of the cancer. It was almost like he could not bring himself to say the words. By the time I actually saw the oncologist, I was being wheeled around in a wheel chair due to being in so much pain that I could not walk, sit, stand, or lie down except on my left side. I couldn't even climb up on to my bed. The oncologist told me I needed to start chemo right away and actually had to talk to me in the waiting room as that was the only place that had a flat couch that I could lie on. We didn't discuss too much at that point other than getting my pain under control and starting chemo. I started chemo the next week. Within an hour of the infusion I could walk, (not well mind you but I could motivate under my own power.). I also found out the my cancer had metastasized to my left femur, hip (on the back wall of the socket joint) and lymph nodes, left seventh rib, spine near the tail bone, left cervical lymph node, right axillary (armpit) lymph node, right lymph node under the jaw. After the second month I no longer needed the walker I had to buy, so it now resides in the closet for if ever. I look forward to meeting all the members on the forums. And if anyone lives in the Dallas area would like to get together around the first of the month (when my disability money comes in and I have a couple of dollars) getting together somewhere for a cup of coffee, or glass of Iced Tea sounds like a heck of an idea. Dawn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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