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Michelle N.

I am 42 years old and have Stage IV Lung Cancer. I was diagnosed June 26, 2015. I had been going to the doctor for over a year trying to figure out why I had severe shoulder pain. Some days I couldn't bare to even raise my arm up. The pain kept getting worse and worse and the doctor had no idea why. The doctor kept telling me I must have pulled a muscle that was not healing. He sent me to physical therapy and to a nerve specialist but still I kept hurting and no answers.

Then, on June 26, 2015, I woke up to a swollen face and the worst pain I have ever experienced. I made my way back to the doctor for the second day in a row and thank God my mother insisted he put me in the hospital until we had answers. My life would forever change in the matter of 24 hours. Only you know your body and if you know something is wrong keep going to the doctor until you get answers. I refused to take pain meds, I wanted to know why I was hurting. If I had not kept going I would have never found out and would be dead today.

First published: October 3, 2019

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