I Have A Swollen Lymph Node…..

OMG!   It’s the last day of February and I have not done a new blog entry at all this month and by the time I post this one it will already be March 1st!  I am so sorry to all of my readers.  I don’t want to make any excuses, life just threw me a strange curve ball this month and I fell a little off of my blogging A-Game, okay I fell completely off of my blogging A-Game and really it’s probably more of a B-Game to begin with anyway.

To make a long blog longer, this is what happened.  The beginning of February I was in Colorado with my family visiting my in-laws.  Then when we got back from Colorado to L.A, I discovered a lump on the right side of my neck, it was a swollen lymph node to be exact.

So of course this scared the living crap out of me so I spent days waiting for the swelling to go down, but I had absolutely no luck.  Therefore, I went to go see the doctor, but the doctor wasn’t there, so I saw a nurse practitioner instead, and she ran blood work on me.  My blood work came back great and I have no family history of Cancer, so I’m told to wait a week to see if the swelling goes down.

I spend the week drinking shots of apple cider vinegar, which is absolutely disgusting just so you all know, but it’s supposed to detox your body and bring down the swelling in your lymph nodes, but guess what I still had a swollen lymph node.  So my doctor orders me to go see a Radiologist to get an ultrasound.  At this point I’m thinking, “Oh my God, I have Lymphoma Cancer and I have a 2 year old daughter, why is this happening to me?”

I go and get my ultrasound and they send the results right away to my doctor.  I speak to  my doctor who says that the ultrasound is showing that there appears to be an infection and inflammation in the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck and that other lymph nodes on the right side of my neck are beginning to elevate as well, although we can’t see them or feel them yet.  I of course ask my doctor the most obvious question at this point which is, “So you’re telling me that this is not Cancer?”  The doctor responds to me by saying that only a biopsy can rule out Cancer 100%, but that the chances are very, very, very, slim that it is.

After getting this news I’m much more relieved, however, my doctor wants me to go see a surgeon about doing a possible biopsy, so I did.

The surgeon reviews my ultrasound and blood work, and goes over a series of health questions with me and then feels my neck for the swollen lymph node.

The surgeon then goes on to tell me that it’s not Lymphoma Cancer and explains all the reasons why it is not.  However, he orders a CT scan on me because he says it will tell him more than an ultrasound will and he is not fully convinced that I have an infection present.  He says it might just be inflammation and drainage.

He explains to me that a biopsy on a lymph node is evasive and that would mean I would need surgery and he doesn’t want to do surgery unless I actually do have an infection present and actually need it, and so my CT Scan is scheduled for later on today at 1:00pm.

So that is where I leave my story as of now, but thank God all signs point to it not being Cancer. However, as of today I still have a swollen lymph node.



  1. Amanda Jayde Said:

    It’ll be okay – keeping you in my thoughts. Don’t fret about it and we’ll have a drink and a giggle about worrying too much when you get here 🙂

    Much love to ya!

    • Thanks! I’m not as worried anymore now that I’ve seen a doctor, a radiologist, and a surgeon…ha! ha! I just thank God they all say it just looks like an infection. Love You Cuz! See you soon!

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  3. Kris Said:

    Praying for you, my Michelle. Keep us updated, please!!!!

  4. Lindsay Said:

    Hope the rest of your recovery is speedy!

  5. Wendy Mihm Said:

    How completely terrifying! I am so glad to hear that it is NOT cancer! Holy crap! Did they ever figure out what caused it?

    • I get a CT scan today, should tell me more about it. Thanks for reading!

  6. Irene Barcelo Said:

    I am glad to hear that it is not super serious. Take care.

    • Thank you Irene! I’m home from the CT Scan and will get my results in the next day or so.

  7. Vanessa Said:

    Hi Michelle, We will all be anxiously awaiting the results and hope you are feeling better soon!

  8. Julie Said:

    I am certain you will hear good news very soon! Take care….Julie

    • Julie I think I will hear good news soon too, thank you for the positive words. 🙂

  9. Paula Said:

    No bedside manner? At that point, I would’ve told him where to go; but seriously, strong vibes and prayers to you; I know you’ll be fine; just breathe and you’ll be fine …

    • Thank you Paula. I appreciate the positivity you are sending. I will make sure to post what my CT Results are once I have them!

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