August 31, 2000
Type of Sarcoma:
Location of Tumor:
Age at time of Diagnosis:
Mater Hospital, Brisbane
Dr. Peter Steadman
I had a small lump at the tip of my left index finger which hurt when I pressed it or caught a
ball. The GP sent me for an ultrasound, but no-one knew what it was. When a general surgeon
removed it and sent the lump off to pathology, it was diagnosed as an epithelioid sarcoma.
Within a week I had had a scan to see if it had spread (it hadn't!!) and within two weeks,
my finger was removed. It was all very scary, but I didn't need any follow up treatment which was great.
I recovered beautifully from my surgery. I can do anything with my new hand!! I still get nervous
at each three month chest xray and check up.
When it all happened, I thought that it would totally change my life. Now, I hardly think about
it and it doesn't stop me doing anything. I play netball, perform in front of people and have fun with my friends.
Find someone to inspire you and keep you going. The sadness won't last forever.
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