Esther's Assessment

Who I am

Inoperable cancer

I saw the surgeon

My son-in-law researched

Why not in Florida?

My pain

Doctors don't know

Inoperable cancer

Two years ago I developed some rather uncomfortable pains in the wing area of my back, on the right side. I said to myself, "well, you probably pulled a muscle," because I was helping my daughter move from one house to another. I gave it off as being a muscle pull and took a Tylenol and said "good-bye." Well, by September of that year, the pain had really gotten away with me and I had decided, well, I better go check it out. And I did and the doctor took a scan. I had a definite tumor in the upper area of my back, just below the shoulder muscle. We knew that it must have been there for a while and I just ignored the pain as most people do. And I was told that I had non-small cell carcinoma and it was inoperable cancer.

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