I had cancer…By Eric Anders • Apr 17th, 2012 • Category: COMMENTARY
As she watched me dress for work, however, the deep frown showing in her sun-drenched reflection in the mirror suggested she didn't really approve of what she saw.
“What's wrong with your leg”, she asked casually.
“Nuthin'”, I replied. Little did I know how wrong I was!
Two months and more than thirty radiation treatments later, I had a very aggressive and quite rare fibromyxoid liposarcoma removed from my right thigh. To ensure they got all of the large (1153g , approx. 2.5 lb), cancerous tumor, the surgeon had to remove most of the lymph nodes and some of my hamstrings.
That was in 1997. Later my oncologist explained that if I been diagnosed just two years earlier I might have lost the entire leg.
Today, I'm proud to count myself as a cancer survivor. I can't walk or run very well, but at least I was allowed the opportunity to continue to try. And I'm still cancer free!
Everyone touched by cancer has a story like mine.
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