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My Story

My Story LETTER TO THE E DITOR In those first couple of days while I was recovering in the hospital, I would suddenly feel a throbbing knot of pain in the back of my hand just for a few seconds and then it would pass. Then another knot would throb in the shaft of my thumb and go out like a light. These twinkling lights of pain ran up and down my arms for the first day or two. I was terribly worried. During my first checkup, my surgeon told me that, unfortunately, he felt it necessary to remove 19 lymph nodes from my left armpit and 3 from my right. I was devastated. For a long time, I was bitter and angry with him. Then I learned that cancer cells travel via the lymphatic system and metastasize in other parts of the body. Finally, I have lymphedema in both arms. I developed it soon I realized my surgeon’s sole focus was on making sure that after a bilateral mastectomy 5 years ago. I had seen this I had the best chance of surviving cancer. After all, the first swelling before, although I didn’t have a name for it. My question http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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2168-3808
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2381-2427
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10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000100
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LETTER TO THE E DITOR In those first couple of days while I was recovering in the hospital, I would suddenly feel a throbbing knot of pain in the back of my hand just for a few seconds and then it would pass. Then another knot would throb in the shaft of my thumb and go out like a light. These twinkling lights of pain ran up and down my arms for the first day or two. I was terribly worried. During my first checkup, my surgeon told me that, unfortunately, he felt it necessary to remove 19 lymph nodes from my left armpit and 3 from my right. I was devastated. For a long time, I was bitter and angry with him. Then I learned that cancer cells travel via the lymphatic system and metastasize in other parts of the body. Finally, I have lymphedema in both arms. I developed it soon I realized my surgeon’s sole focus was on making sure that after a bilateral mastectomy 5 years ago. I had seen this I had the best chance of surviving cancer. After all, the first swelling before, although I didn’t have a name for it. My question

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Rehabilitation OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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