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*warning large wall of text of my story and terrible grammar*

Thought this would maybe help some people who had simmilar symptoms of myself. As I remember scouring the interenet for anything I could find and testimonials of others. Alls I had was a large firm painless lump under my left jaw line. If you want to know more about my story then read on!

My names Kurt and Im 25 years old. I am in the Marine Corps reserves and slave to a unappreciative office job in my civilian side life. A little background about my family. There is a bit of cancer history in my family. My mother had breast cancer, my grandmother on my dads side died of pancreatic cancer, and If i remember correctly my grandfathers both died of cancer. Thought this would maybe help some people who had simmilar symptoms of myself. As I remember scouring the interenet for anything I could find and testimonials of others.

I discovered a firm and Painless lump presumably a lymph node in the left side of my neck under my jaw back in July of 2012. Thought nothing of it and decided to just wait and see if it would go away on its own as I had no other symptoms of anything at all. It didn't and only got larger and harder. So I went and reluctantly saw a Doc because my girlfriend was nagging me about it (FYI im not the type to run to the Doc unless im bleeding profusely from a giant laceration, have broken bones, or any other kinda obviously serious issue i cant resolve myself..) But I did start goin nuts and researching everything it could be.. cancer cancer cancer! Lymphoma! D:!

The Doc sent me to get some blood tests and they looked fine. So to discover the true origins of this mystery lump they refereed me to a surgeon for a possibly biopsy. She first did an ultrasound of my lima bean / large almond feeling friend. Confirmed that yeah it was enlarged. She then said she would like to biopsy and remove the whole lymph node cause apparently needle biopsies suck for the most part and sent me to get my first CAT scan w/o contrast to get a good idea of my anatomy before surgery and to see if other nodes were enlarged as well. Got the scan done, it was harmless and fast. The results did show that I had multiple other nodes even larger then my original discovery in my neck and shoulder area ( was a little bit of a shock and then started wondering okay... maybe this isnt just nothing).

I then scheduled my surgery for the next week.. Oct 12th I do believe it was. Was a little nervous cause I have never had surgery except my tonsils removed when I was like 4 but i couldn't remember that anyways. So it was all pretty new to me. I had my surgery and It wasn't that bad. Maybe like an hour and a half or so long im guessing. Neck was obviously sore swollen and tender. Had a little trouble swallowing for the next couple weeks too. The next week I got the results, and again there was nothing conclusive to any kind of cancers or diseases! No mean cancer cells just chillin in me. The report said it was some kind of Follicular B-Cell Hyperplasia though. Yay good news! Right? But still the question remains what the heck is going on then?? They sent the remaining tissue from my biopsy to get more testing done that was a little more thorough. Some kind of stain testing I think it was to check for bio markers like proteins and enzymes and all sorts of very small things. Those tests came back with markers for some cancers like lymphoma and leukemia. My thoughts were okay.. so im not out of the woods yet I suppose..

They then refereed me to an oncologist! Wait what? I don't have cancer I thought! Why would you do that!? I first met him like early December-ish I think. He actually is the one who gave me the results of the second round of tests from the biopsy. He said that there was still no clear evidence of anything bad. But would like to do a CAT scan of my entire torso w/ oral and IV contrast and more blood tests. Because I had actually started having pains in my side around my spleen, which after a little research on the internet came back showing as a symptom sometimes of cancers! Great.

I had the scan and let me tell you it sucked.. the oral contrast is terrible tasting. Drinking crappy berry flavored chalk with a hint of metallic taste. Then they took a scan with the iodine based contrast put into me through an IV. That was even worse! Made me feel hot and flush all over, my mouth watered like crazy and I could taste it, and it made me so nauseous I felt like I could have puked. Thankfully that feeling didnt last much longer after the test though.

Anyways here's the conclusion of my story cause im tired of typing and need to get back to work haha. The results of those tests were fine and in fact my other lymph nodes had appeared to have reduced in size. Blood tests were clear as well. Still we had no answer to what caused this affliction. The best thing they could give me was to say it could have been some kind of auto-immune disease (no not HIV) more like epstien barr virus.. He then said well only thing left to do it watch and wait for if there are any changes and scheduled me for a follow up in April of 2013.

I had my follow up appointment just last week. I did have some changes since my last appointment though that might have concerned the oncologist. I have lost about 35lbs since January. But not that I wasn't trying to lose weight. I had been exorcizing more regularly and watching what I eat. I was about 200lbs when this started. Now I am floating around 165. Doesn't worry or bother me though. I like it, im in the best shape of my life. But the doc did decide to do another round of scans blood labs and another CAT scan with IV contrast. Im having that appointment on Thursday 4/25/13 for the scan and not looking forward to it. Already had my blood drawn on friday. I'm very much expecting to hear the same story again. Your fine Mr. John Doe, nothings wrong. Oh much like last time eh doc? yup. Cool! So im done with all this? No. Im going to schedule you for a follow up in 6 months. Ugh.. ok.

So that's where I'm at now. Really at this point im only like what 3 months shy of a year since this first came about and its a tiring ordeal. And I don't have anything wrong with me. I couldn't imagine actually having cancer and having to go through this. I should be more thankful that the worst part of this for me is medical bills. Glad that it seems to be finally coming to an end though.

Thanks for reading if you did. I might post back after with my scan results once I get them if anyone cares!


Kurt
[QUOTE=KiloNovember;5165822]*warning large wall of text of my story and terrible grammar*

Thought this would maybe help some people who had simmilar symptoms of myself. As I remember scouring the interenet for anything I could find and testimonials of others. Alls I had was a large firm painless lump under my left jaw line. If you want to know more about my story then read on!

My names Kurt and Im 25 years old. I am in the Marine Corps reserves and slave to a unappreciative office job in my civilian side life. A little background about my family. There is a bit of cancer history in my family. My mother had breast cancer, my grandmother on my dads side died of pancreatic cancer, and If i remember correctly my grandfathers both died of cancer. Thought this would maybe help some people who had simmilar symptoms of myself. As I remember scouring the interenet for anything I could find and testimonials of others.

I discovered a firm and Painless lump presumably a lymph node in the left side of my neck under my jaw back in July of 2012. Thought nothing of it and decided to just wait and see if it would go away on its own as I had no other symptoms of anything at all. It didn't and only got larger and harder. So I went and reluctantly saw a Doc because my girlfriend was nagging me about it (FYI im not the type to run to the Doc unless im bleeding profusely from a giant laceration, have broken bones, or any other kinda obviously serious issue i cant resolve myself..) But I did start goin nuts and researching everything it could be.. cancer cancer cancer! Lymphoma! D:!

The Doc sent me to get some blood tests and they looked fine. So to discover the true origins of this mystery lump they refereed me to a surgeon for a possibly biopsy. She first did an ultrasound of my lima bean / large almond feeling friend. Confirmed that yeah it was enlarged. She then said she would like to biopsy and remove the whole lymph node cause apparently needle biopsies suck for the most part and sent me to get my first CAT scan w/o contrast to get a good idea of my anatomy before surgery and to see if other nodes were enlarged as well. Got the scan done, it was harmless and fast. The results did show that I had multiple other nodes even larger then my original discovery in my neck and shoulder area ( was a little bit of a shock and then started wondering okay... maybe this isnt just nothing).

I then scheduled my surgery for the next week.. Oct 12th I do believe it was. Was a little nervous cause I have never had surgery except my tonsils removed when I was like 4 but i couldn't remember that anyways. So it was all pretty new to me. I had my surgery and It wasn't that bad. Maybe like an hour and a half or so long im guessing. Neck was obviously sore swollen and tender. Had a little trouble swallowing for the next couple weeks too. The next week I got the results, and again there was nothing conclusive to any kind of cancers or diseases! No mean cancer cells just chillin in me. The report said it was some kind of Follicular B-Cell Hyperplasia though. Yay good news! Right? But still the question remains what the heck is going on then?? They sent the remaining tissue from my biopsy to get more testing done that was a little more thorough. Some kind of stain testing I think it was to check for bio markers like proteins and enzymes and all sorts of very small things. Those tests came back with markers for some cancers like lymphoma and leukemia. My thoughts were okay.. so im not out of the woods yet I suppose..

They then refereed me to an oncologist! Wait what? I don't have cancer I thought! Why would you do that!? I first met him like early December-ish I think. He actually is the one who gave me the results of the second round of tests from the biopsy. He said that there was still no clear evidence of anything bad. But would like to do a CAT scan of my entire torso w/ oral and IV contrast and more blood tests. Because I had actually started having pains in my side around my spleen, which after a little research on the internet came back showing as a symptom sometimes of cancers! Great.

I had the scan and let me tell you it sucked.. the oral contrast is terrible tasting. Drinking crappy berry flavored chalk with a hint of metallic taste. Then they took a scan with the iodine based contrast put into me through an IV. That was even worse! Made me feel hot and flush all over, my mouth watered like crazy and I could taste it, and it made me so nauseous I felt like I could have puked. Thankfully that feeling didnt last much longer after the test though.

Anyways here's the conclusion of my story cause im tired of typing and need to get back to work haha. The results of those tests were fine and in fact my other lymph nodes had appeared to have reduced in size. Blood tests were clear as well. Still we had no answer to what caused this affliction. The best thing they could give me was to say it could have been some kind of auto-immune disease (no not HIV) more like epstien barr virus.. He then said well only thing left to do it watch and wait for if there are any changes and scheduled me for a follow up in April of 2013.

I had my follow up appointment just last week. I did have some changes since my last appointment though that might have concerned the oncologist. I have lost about 35lbs since January. But not that I wasn't trying to lose weight. I had been exorcizing more regularly and watching what I eat. I was about 200lbs when this started. Now I am floating around 165. Doesn't worry or bother me though. I like it, im in the best shape of my life. But the doc did decide to do another round of scans blood labs and another CAT scan with IV contrast. Im having that appointment on Thursday 4/25/13 for the scan and not looking forward to it. Already had my blood drawn on friday. I'm very much expecting to hear the same story again. Your fine Mr. John Doe, nothings wrong. Oh much like last time eh doc? yup. Cool! So im done with all this? No. Im going to schedule you for a follow up in 6 months. Ugh.. ok.

So that's where I'm at now. Really at this point im only like what 3 months shy of a year since this first came about and its a tiring ordeal. And I don't have anything wrong with me. I couldn't imagine actually having cancer and having to go through this. I should be more thankful that the worst part of this for me is medical bills. Glad that it seems to be finally coming to an end though.

Thanks for reading if you did. I might post back after with my scan results once I get them if anyone cares!


Kurt[/QUOTE]Hi kurt sorry to her about the ordeal you are having but lets hope its just a passing problem and it never shows up again I have cancer and have been to hell and back this last 12 months but now im in remission and hope to stay that way.I hope you never have to do what I have had to go through but it has been a good result for me and the one thing it does to you having a scare or worse finding out you do have cancer it makes you look at life in a different way altogether But stay strong and dont think about the worse stay positive good luck and keep us posted





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