I have a small tumor in my left lung.
It was discovered today by my pulmonologist, who I started seeing a month ago because I was having trouble recovering from the pneumonia that hit me hard on December 20th.
A week ago, I began coughing up blood -- one episode each day that lasted about 5 or 6 minutes. Two doctors shrugged it off when I told them. On Saturday it happened twice, so I went to the ER and had a CT scan that didn't show anything in the left lung.
After two episodes yesterday, I called the pulmonologist again and he set up a scope procedure today. They put me in la la land and it was up my nose with a rubber hose (and a camera attached).
He says the tumor is so small he couldn't get a good biopsy. He brushed it to get some cells.
Well, there goes the March 7th tournament.
I was recovering -- I was feeling better and stepping up my workouts slightly, and then it felt as if I took a couple of steps backward a week or so ago. Now I know why.
I don't know if this is malignant -- but I want it out of my body ASAP.
I'm doing standing stake a little bit longer tonight, trying to center myself.
As Roseanne Rosanna Danna once said -- It's always something. It's either a tumor in your lungs or toilet paper dragging on your shoe.
I decided to make this public because I'm still determined to get back to top conditioning. After what I've been through in the past year -- three heart surgeries and now this -- if I can do it anyone can do it. And I want to do it.