Tuesday, February 4, 2014

World Cancer Day

People are going Purple for World Cancer Day. Here's my contribution for awareness:

The osteosarcoma removed from my leg in September 2013
Yup, that's the root of my cancer story. Sorry if it's gross to look at, but that's cancer. I can share it with you because it didn't kill be, although it could have.

It started as a small bump, I thought it was just a bruise in my muscle and dismissed it. By the time I had surgery to remove it, just a year after the injury, it was the size of a Nerf football and hard as bone. Well, it was bone. It was bone cancer. Luckily for me, it was extra-skeletal (not part of my skeleton) but was within 1 mm from fusing to my Femur (in fact it was wrapped around it like a saddle on a horse).

I'm one of the lucky ones. While I lost 3 of my quadriceps and have permanent limitations, I'm alive and still able to walk. But many people aren't so fortunate. Raise awareness and medically investigate every single anomaly you see happening with your body. Nobody knows it better than you.