A woman is urging people to take care of their health after discovering a lump on her face was actually an incurable lymph node.
Melia Patton shared her story on TikTok, saying she noticed the “big bump” on her face over a year ago, but didn’t have health insurance, so she wasn’t seen by a doctor until her friends and family noticed she it was getting older.
At the clinic she was told it was probably a swollen lymph node and was put on steroids and then told to come back if the lump hadn’t shrunk within 10 days.
” [Then] It actually gets pretty clear and falls apart,” Patton shared on his TikTok of the popular Put Your Finger Down trend, with users sharing stories of playing “I, I never did that.”
“And then three days later it comes back and you’re like, ‘Oh no, I should probably go to the doctor. ”
Unfortunately, not having health insurance yet, Patton postponed her visit to the doctor for another six months. When I did, they removed the tumor and biopsied it if it was anything worse than a swollen lymph node.
However, the tumor recurred as a precancerous condition, which was confirmed by a PET scan, with Patton subsequently being exposed to radiation.
” [The doctor] He says it’s the first case [he’d] Not at all,” he added, telling her they were going to irradiate an area.
Patton had radiation and admitted it was “really tough” on his body and “a little bit scary”. But after a while she recovered and her life was “normal” again – until she had a PET scan after radiation therapy.
“You’re sitting alone in the waiting room because you didn’t ask anyone to come with you because you’re a very optimistic person,” she continued on TikTok. “And they tell you that there were two other types of lymphoma in your body. »
“It’s an incurable disease”
Looking for optimism, Patton asked her oncologist about the next steps in her treatment – and she was told the news she wasn’t expecting.
She said: “The doctor says, ‘Well, he’s not going to give her any therapy because it’s an incurable disease and basically we’re just going to watch and wait.
“A lot of people live 20 years, a lot of people live 40 years, and if something breaks out we deal with it, but if it doesn’t, it comes back three times a year for the rest. the time she remembers telling her doctor.
“PSA: Make sure your lymph nodes are checked regularly,” she commented on TikTok.
The video has been viewed over 260,000 times, with TikTok followers flooding Patton with well wishes and sharing many stories of friends and family who have been in a similar situation.
“I lead a normal life,” she said, thanking her followers for their concern. ” [The diagnosis] In fact, it’s made me really confident in living the life I want to live.