May 28, 2012 - 2:38 pm
I was diagnosed with a Well Differentiated Liposarcoma that measured 18 X 10 X 4.5 cm.
In September 2011, I noticed a strange lump in my left thigh and went to a doctor, I was told I had a pulled muscle. My leg didn't hurt, it just had this bulge was squishy and moved around in my thigh. Since I was told that the lump was just a pulled muscle I thought my leg was just swelling when it continued to get bigger. By January 2012 it was significantly bigger and my knee started to bother me. Since I'm thin it was very noticable that one leg was so much larger than the other. I got a second opinion from another doctor that I know and she told me that I needed an MRI but it was probably just a fatty tumor. The MRI results came back and I was told that I needed to see an Orthopedic Oncologist. I went to Dr. Kimberly Smith in Oklahoma City, OK on 2-14-12 for my surgery. Dr. Smith was fabulous and removed the entire tumor. I stayed in the hospital for 2 days (the 2nd day because I reacted terribly to the anesthesia.) My recovery was very easy, I was back to work on crutches a week later. I still have some numbness & my leg is a little weaker than it was but it's getting stronger! I didn't have to have chemo or radiation, I was told that it isn't effective for this type of cancer. I did have a CT scan of my lungs just to be sure the cancer had not metastasized which came back clear. I will be getting MRI's on my leg every 6 months and am hoping for good results. My scar on my leg is a blessing...it reminds me that I am blessed to still have my leg!