Aug 20, 2010 - 4:56 pm
I ghosted these boards for a bit and see there are alot of caring and experienced survivors here. Even though I feel like I'm getting ahead of myself I decided to post now.
About a month ago I noticed a "bump" in the area of my right groin. I wear alot of equipment at work so thought it was possibly a hernia. It seemed to subside some when I was off of work for a few days.
After about a week and a half, I became more concerned. I just turned 40 in June and am very healthy. Fortunately, I've been fairly religious about my yearly physical which work pays for and set this year's appointment up early. So,on August 5th I had my physical. My doctor said it could be a hernia but more than likely was a swollen lymph node.
A few days later, I went in for an ultra-sound. When the lady performing it said, "I'll be right back..." I had a feeling something was wrong. Sure enough, another technician came in with her. Shortly thereafter, I had a CT scan. I never had one before and consider that quite unpleasant - more so because I was not mentally prepared for that.
At any rate, my doctor called me at home later and was pretty straightforward with me. Basically, he explained that I had a cluster of nodes in the region of my right groin that were swollen and "some more" in areas nearby. He explained that I need to have a biopsy done.
On August 18th I had the outpatient surgery. They ended up making about a 3 to 4 inch incision and removed "some" lymph nodes. The general surgeon won't give me any indication one way or another, however, more and more I'm prepared for the worst.
For those experienced in this, you would know that I just gave a quick version of an already long story. The initial shock of "Lymphoma" and everything surrounding it has subsided and now I'm ready to tackle whatever comes my way. I'm hoping I hear something today, though they said it will probably be Monday. I feel like each day that goes by is wasting time for treatment.
I am encouraged by what I read on these forums and regardless of my soon to be learned diagnoses...I wish you all the best. Stay strong and help each other because that is good mental medicine.