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Posted by Janet on November 21, 2000 at 11:28:18:

In Reply to: Re: Advise :( posted by stacey kessler on November 21, 2000 at 10:29:47:

: Thanks for the response. I sure hope its nothing. And dont say you know you have cancer yet. :( I hope you don't. Cancer is a scarey disease. I never realized it til now. Its strange when you think you have it, your outlook on life is so much different. You go day to day worrying about gaining weight so you dont look a certain way to people. You worry about your makeup. So on. But in the end none of that stuff matters, its all on the person whos inside. Its SO strange you could of never caught me talking like this before. I don;t know im just learning alot from this. I just hope that this is going to be ok. If you dont mind me asking. Where exactly was the lump. How big was it? When you had this problem?? and did you have any time of burning sensation around the area? See the thing is i worked out the other day and the sides of my neck are sore and so its hard to know if its from the lump or from working out. Oh also the lump was on the inside right? Thanks so much any information would help. thanks :) take care. Let me know how your doing.
: : Hello. I know exactly how you are feeling. I have a debilitating fear of cancer, and have posted a message about my digestive problems. I just know I either have colon or ovarian cancer. As for you, I have had exactly what you are talking about. Once it went away after a while with no problems, but another time I had a virus. You have a lot of lymph nodes behind your head and I had one that was inflammed from the virus. Mine was hard, like you said, and it was tender to the touch. This is probably what you have, but I think you should still go to the doctor to be sure. You can never be too careful. It always makes me feel better when I hear about someone else having the same thing. I hope you feel better. Take Care, Janet

Hi Stacey. Thanks for your reassuring words. You are absoultely right about what is important and whats not. Have you ever read the book "Tuesdays with Morrie"?. In it, Morrie is dying of ALS and he says that when you are dying you look back at all of the trivial things, like being mad at someone, none of that matters at that point in your life, so before that point, life will be much more fullfilling if you can have that attitude. You are lucky you have realized this at such a young age! As for the lump. Both times it was up against the base of my skull, not far from behind my ear. It was about the size of a kidney bean, very firm, and tender to the touch. I don't really remember if it burned, butI felt it even if I wasn't touching it. I am sure this is a lymph node you have, but again I would still check with the doctor. Does the way I describe it sound like yours? Take Care, Janet

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