A few days ago I noticed I had a swollen lymph node in the beck of my neck. I've noticed this particular one for many years so I know it is not an issue but it was hurting when I touched it which was different and that's when I found another enlarged node below it. I was feeling fine so I didn't know why this was happening. I was trying not to let my imagination get the bet of me, figuring the odds or getting lymphoma and CML together should be pretty rare. I figured I was going for my BMB next week and my onc would check it out and be able to tell me if it was anything to worry about. I woke up this morning with a wicked sore throat. In one sense this made me happy because now the swollen lymph nodes had some justification, but I was worried if I might have gotten strep and I'm supposed to go for my BMB on Monday. Walking into a cancer center with strep is beyond irresponsible, so I called my PCP and talked them into seeing me right away.
She came into the office and checked me out, note this is the doctor who first caught my CML during my physical last year. She ran a strep test which came back negative, she checked the lymph nodes and said she didn't think there was anything to worry about with them. She then proceeded to examine me and feel around my neck and the conversation went like this
Me: "Hmm? What's hmm? There shouldn't be a hmm"
Dr: "Your thyroid is enlarged"
Me: "Are you kidding me? What does that mean? You can't do this to me again?"
Dr: "It's probably nothing, but just to be safe, let's get an ultrasound"
So I begged them to get me the ultrasound today, they squeezed me in somewhere and I ran over to radiologist. The whole time telling myself "it's just not possible that exactly one year later the same doctor is going to diagnosis me with another form of cancer, that' just not going to happen." A couple of hours later they did the ultrasound. Normally the results take a couple of days but I explained my situation and they were very understanding. The tech told me she wasn't supposed to tell me anything, but the scan was fine. She then went and got a radiologist to look at it and he also said it was fine.
So at the end of the day, I'm back home, I still have a sore throat, I ran up another $500+ in medical bills, and I'm relieved to still ONLY have leukemia. Now I can stop worrying about that and go back to worrying what I should be worrying about, my 1yr BMB on Monday.
My first Onc was right, who's luckier than me? lol