Yes, I’m not cute with no makeup lol. BUT! This is currently my reality…. Dealing with a sizable mass (“think of the size of your fist”) that has grown on top of my superior vena cava, blocking blood flow from my body to my heart. This is why my chest and face is super swollen, and veins are becoming quite visible on my chest area, breasts, and underarms. The diameter of my superior vena cava is down to 4mm, when it usually should be around 1-3 cm. I was told that everything is treatable….This mass could just be a simple clump of cells, or horrifying enough, it could be cancer. Today, I had my biopsy and will hear back with the results in 7-10 business days. Umm yeah, I wish I could Amazon Prime these results.
My symptoms started 3 weeks ago with swollen lymph nodes. I just thought my body was fighting an infection or a cold that was going around the office. About 1.5 weeks later, my symptoms worsened - I had unbearable pressure in my neck and my head and it felt like I was constantly being held upside down. If I talked and said a few sentences, my veins would start buldging out both sides of my neck from the lack of blood flow. It was only a few days ago when decided to visit the doctor because I just didn’t think this was normal. Many blood tests and a CT scan later, I was diagnosed with having SVCS. Now, the waiting game to figure out what the mass is….
TRUST YOUR GUT! If you feel like something is wrong with your body, get yourself checked. No amount of money is worth the uncertainty of your health.