It's amazing how quickly your life can change once you've learned that you have cancer. All your goals, projects, community involvements, social engagements and daily activities that keep you busy each day suddenly take a back seat when the big "C" enters your life unannounced.
My whole life changed on a dime on November 5 when my family doctor informed me that I had cancer.
It all began on Wednesday, October 30, when I had noticed a large lump underneath my left armpit, near the front upper left chest. I was fortunate to get a medical appointment with our family doctor the very next day. My doctor immediately ordered tests to determine what the lump was. And following two days of medical tests they found a mass 6 centimeters in size, which turned out to be cancer.
Following the initial diagnosis, they ordered further tests to determine the extent of the cancer, which revealed that I had a tumor with cancerous lymph nodes attached. Fortunately, it's currently localized near my left chest area, just under my armpit.
My wife and I met with a surgical oncologist Tuesday, November 12, to schedule the operation to remove the tumor and the cancerous lymph nodes.
The surgery is set for Friday, November 22 at the Virginia Hospital Center. Afterwards, I will enter post-surgical treatment, which will entail 5-6 weeks of radiation (daily) and other cancer drug treatments.
Until my next update, may God keep you safe.