This pain in the neck……Almost killed me!
Ian is in the plumbing industry, I’ve known him for a few years but only recently spent some time with him.
Life changing experiences make you do that. Stop and smell those roses.
Everyone is very busy today, all of our time saving devices seem to take up way too much of our time.
This is Ian’s story…
At 59 yrs old and not been near a doctor for over 30yrs …. Non smoker ( Gave it up in primary school ) … very moderate drinker … pretty active. (Plumber)
I considered myself a healthy, if slightly overweight, sort of fellow.
Here is the wake up call:
One Tuesday morning while shaving I felt a small lump in my neck. It was about the size of a piece of corn or green pea.
Curious, I did the “squeeze, poke, prod ” method of diagnosis….. NO PAIN. Can’t be much, don’t worry about it !
Wednesday: Pesky little lump still there. “Squeeze, poke, prod” ….. NO PAIN. Forget it !
Thursday: Darn lump! “squeeze, poke, prod” … NO PAIN, Can’t be much don’t worry !
BY lunch time Thursday this lump went to the size of a GOLF BALL ! Still NO PAIN !!!!
Forget the NO PAIN thing and get this thing checked !
Within the next 3 weeks I had been diagnosed with an aggressive lymphatic cancer and was lining up for Chemo and Radiation therapy.
My oncologist said that due to the fact they had got this this so very early a good result was the likely out come. She said. ” This is a winnable fight but it will not be pretty.” She was right ! It was a fairly ugly fight with some very black days. ( Shoot me now… I’m good to go ) However a good result has been achieved… Remission.
Forget the “Squeeze, poke, prod” method and GET IT CHECKED !! As it turned out, had I left that thing another 4- 6 weeks this article would most likely be an obituary.
So there it is people, all the stories shared with you are real.
We all know someone with a similiar tale.
If we learn anything from these simple posts and have you take a good look at your body, then high 5s all around.
Please do it!
And love those around you.