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Over the course of the year and into 2015,
strange things kept happening to me that
were incredibly worrisome. I started fainting
all the time when standing up, I could
not donate blood because my hemoglobin
was so low, I passed out due to G-forces on
a ride at the fair, I lost my peripheral vision
while working every now and then, I started
having debilitating sciatic nerve pain,
and so on. I knew for a fact something was
horribly wrong; it felt like I would be stuck
feeling this way forever. I felt broken and
defeated. Luckily, the Affordable Care Act
came around, and I was finally able to go see
a real doctor. I told this doctor about all the
strange symptoms I had been having, and he
kept saying things like, " OK, we will order
a blood test and check for anemia. " " OK,
we will order a colonoscopy to see what the
digestive issues are about. " I felt like I was
finally being heard. I ended my rant about my
laundry-list of symptoms with saying, " Oh,
and I have a lump in my neck the size of a
golf ball. " I will never forget how worried he
looked when I said those words. He felt the
lump I had brought up, as well as the others,
and excused himself to make a phone call.
When he came back in the room, he said he
could not help me in the way that he thought
was necessary, and explained that I needed to
go to the children's hospital to see some specialists
instead. I was 17 at this point, finally
a senior in high school, and now suddenly I
had to miss a good majority of the first few
weeks of school due to the sheer number
of appointments I now had. I had PET/CT
scans to go to, bloodwork to get drawn, and
multiple doctors to have conversations with
over the course of those few weeks. It was
all overwhelming to say the least, but I was
ecstatic that people were finally listening to
me; I didn't feel like I was over exaggerating
anymore.
I had been referred to a gastroenterologist
to talk about the strange and scary digestive
issues I had been dealing with, and she concluded
that those issues were actually not a
big deal, which was relieving. Somehow, we
got on the topic of the lump in my neck, as
well as my other symptoms, including the
extreme fatigue, and I will never forget the
conversation that followed. She felt the massive
lump in my neck, and then said to me,
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I have learned through all this
that even though my doctors
are experts about the medical
field, only I am an expert about
my own body. I am the only one
who can feel what I'm feeling
inside, and if I had not been
adamant about my feelings, I
would not be here today.
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