Friday, July 3, 2009

Unbelievable

My shoulder has been a problem since radiation. It just aches. In the last week, I've begun having problems moving it. Last night, massaging it, I discovered a large lump in my armpit. "Tim," I said cautiously, "is this my imagination?" His hands moved around in the dark and stopped. "No," he replied, and he flipped the reading lamp on at the head of the bed. "Gees," he said, "You can see it."

I'm trying to think of a word big enough for my shock. Unaccountably, I come up with 'gobsmacked'.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know the feeling Deb. Perhaps it is lymphoedema and/or some scarring or other after-effect of radiation? My glands are not supposed to be there but something swells there pretty markedly before anything else when I am getting any sort of a wog. I do so hope it is so for you too. Thoughts and hugs Love Barb

Lesley said...

Deb,
I haven't made it to the radiation part yet but I do know the feeling of feeling like my armpit is swollen. Last nite and still this morning I feel like I'm swollen but don't feel anything there. Thankfully I don't feel anymore fluid... I'm so worried about filling up with fluid still. If it don't go away here shortly I will be calling the Dr. tho and by the sounds of it, you should do the same!! Hope everything is ok. *HUGS*
~Lesley~

WhiteStone said...

Deb, get thee to a doc. Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit can be due to numerous causes (you can google as well as I) so I'll be praying yours is unrelated to your cancer and can be alleviated simply. Or not simply. But alleviated and benign.

Hal Johnson said...

Praying for you that it proves to be no big deal, Debby.

Kelly said...

I'll keep you in my prayers. Try to stay calm and keep us posted.

Mrs. Spit said...

Oh no. Hoping and praying that everything is ok.

Laura Jane said...

Gulp.

Fingers crossed, from the pit of my stomach.

BIg hugs and prayers, teacher

Daria said...

Praying it's nothing serious ....

Mikey said...

Good heavens woman. It seems like it never ends. Get back to the dr and I hope like hell it's nothing.

We opened your package, thank you so much!! Mercy is in heaven :)

Roland said...

You get all the prayers right now.

I hope it's nothing...

Roland

Bob said...

Prayers and good thoughts, friend. You are so strong . . . but this sucks. Keep us posted.

steviewren said...

I'm adding my prayers to all the others that this is just some weird side effect!

Karen said...

Prayers for a positive outcome and courage.

Caroline said...

Deep breath, relax but go to the doctor. There are a million reasons that can cause a lump. What would you have thought before your diagnosis? As soon as you have one cancer diagnosis you instantly think the worst at everything. Just because you got cancer once, doesn't mean everything is cancer. Another deep breath and hang in there.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say! Other than hoping for the best. Our bodies do strange things even at the best of times. Hold on to hope!!

-Lavi

RedWifey said...

Want you to know that I'm praying for your mind and your body. May God heal them both. Lots and lots of hugs coming your way!

quid said...

Hopes and prayers, Deb! I'm thinking of you.


quid