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Friday, July 20, 2012

The very beginning

Last Summer (July 2011)  I was at the swimming pool with the kids and while I was in the pool I stepped on a piece of glass with my left foot.  I quickly got out to try to get it out but couldn't see it.  Over the next couple days my foot hurt but then it went away.  Then in August my foot began to hurt in the same place and I was finally able to extract the piece of glass.  Then at the end of September in the same foot I was sitting on my couch and on the bottom of my left foot I noticed a lump about the size of the end of my finger.  It didn't hurt to walk or to push on the lump but I new it hadn't been there before.  

About 2 weeks later I took one of the kids to see the Doctor and showed him the lump in my foot, which he thought was nothing really and thought it would be okay to just watch it and if there was any change I should come back.  But if you know me I don't always agree with what I'm told so while still in the office I told him that I wanted an ultrasound ordered.

Another 2 or 3 weeks later I went and had one of my co-workers ultrasound the lump in my foot.  It was something that they hadn't seen before and the radiologist was unsure what to make of it so it was recommended I get an MRI.  The MRI wasn't booked until February but I talked to one of the radiologist and told him I felt it was a large solid tumour and he pushed it up and  I had the MRI on December 6, 2011.  

I laid in the MRI machine for 2 and a half hours and I new something was odd.  As soon as the exam was finished I was then pulled aside and the radiologist showed me the images and told me the MRI showed a large neoplastic tumour wrapping around my tendons and invading some of the muscle, but he had never seen anything like it so I was seen a couple days later by an orthopedic surgeon in Lethbridge who said I have no idea what this is and the best thing I can do for you is send you to a specialist in Calgary an Orthopedic Oncology Surgeon.

By this time I was scared and the waiting was so unbearable.  But I would soon find out I would be doing a lot of waiting!

To Be continued.



  1. I think I would trust your word over most doctors! Next time I have a medical question I'm calling you I promise!

  2. I think it's so great that you're writing about all of this lynz.
    You're such an example to me - love ya!
    P.S. I'm still waiting for you to apply to medical school...
    maybe in a few years?!

  3. Thanks for sharing, you and your sweet fam has been our prayers. It's nice to hear it in your words, you are one amazing girl!

  4. I LOVE that you are sharing your story. Such an inspiration Lyndsay.
    You seem so strong!