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The Road Back -- One Heckuva Pothole

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.


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Sean C. Ledig

Oh shit! Just after you get your heart fixed, this happens to you.

Believe me, I can so relate to what you're going through. I had sinus and ear infections for years when they diagnosed my problem. I had a large tumor in my left sinus. In addition to the infections, I lost my senses of smell and taste and it was affecting my hearing.

I know that when the doctor says "tumor" that you immediately start thinking cancer. He had a worried tone in his voice when he said, "I don't think it's malignant." It was not very reassuring.

As rough as the recovery was, I was so glad to get that thing out of me. Thankfully, it was not malignant, but until it was removed, I was scared.

And yes, my hearing, smell and taste all returned to normal after the operation.

Ken Gullette

Sean, I always THOUGHT you had good taste. :)

Sean C. Ledig

Thanks Ken. The problem was, I had no taste for years. You'd be surprised at the garbage I was capable of eating. Even worse than the garbage that is part of my usual diet.

The reason I like spicy foods goes back to that time. Food had to be extremely spicy, extremely salty, extremely sour or extremely sweet for me to get any taste sensation out of it.

I also learned to be a lip reader without even realizing it. That's how much it affected my hearing.

So even though the tumor was not cancerous, it was causing me to have all kinds of problems.

Two days after the operation, Roxanne took me to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner. I almost got sick in the restaurant. I wasn't used to being able to smell my food. It took some getting used to.

Of course, 13 years later, Roxanne still complains I have no taste, like when I watch Spongebob with my son.

But that's another story.

Just so you know, you're in the Ledig family prayers. I hope your operation is as successful as mine was.

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