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    I will be leaving this site now as I was misdiagnosed. My prayers and thoughts are with each and every one of you through your difficult journey. Before I log off, however, I would like to share my experience in the hopes that it may educate anyone who may go through the torture I have endured in my struggle. I have told my story but here now is the middle and end. I went in for an x-ray in which they found a mass in my left lung. My doctor then sent me for a CT scan and when the results came back called and told me over the phone I had lung cancer. Well, in the last couple of weeks I have endured numerous CT scans with and without contrast, blood work to the point that both of my arms are still bruised and finally the horror and inexplicable pain of a lung biopsy, I would never wish this on anyone. All of this to find out that I actually have Valley Fever! This could have been diagnosed with a simple blood test, which none of the 4 doctors I went to did. Valley Fever can have the exact same symptoms of lung cancer, including lung nodules and masses. I lived in Tucson Arizona for a year and that is all the time it took to be struck by this incurable disease. Although it is not always deadly and the symptoms can be treated, it is still a scary diagnoses. I want to bring awareness to anyone out there who may have lived in Arizona, New Mexico, California, or any other states that are
    "hot spots" for this disease, or even traveled through or to these areas for a short amount of time, and have ended up with lung masses or nodules, to please ask your doctor to test for Valley Fever to avoid the undue fear, pain and frustration that I have gone through. Good luck to all of you in your fight and please please educate yourselves. My prayers are with you all!!

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I went to my primary care doctor in Tucson Arizona complaining of a cough that was keeping me up at night. He prescribed an inhaler to use for 2 weeks. The inhaler worked for about a week, then did not help at all. I went back to my doctor and he prescribed a different inhaler. He mentioned if this inhaler did not work, he would like to do a chest x-ray to look for asthma, etc. In the meantime, I got laid off work and had to move from Tucson Arizona back home to Longmont Colorado. My first appointment to my new primary care provider in Longmont resulted in him telling me it was heartburn and to take Prilosec half hour before bed. I then mentioned that my doctor in Tucson had wanted a chest x-ray done. My new doctor decided, well OK, it won't hurt anything. Well within a week, I went from having a chest x-ray, to a CT Scan, to being diagnosed with lung cancer. I just found out today as a matter of fact, and have no idea what lies ahead. I am 35 years old with 3 children, and we are struggling as it is. I have no insurance as I got laid off my job and we have been living in a motel. I am so scared and I wonder what next? Has anyone out there faced this type of issue and how did you pay for your care? Will I be denied care? What do I do?

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      DaveWaz

      We have put together a Pinterest board focused on financial resources. here is the link: http://pinterest.com/whatnextcancer/financial-resources/, I hope it can help. Also, if you haven't done so already, you might consider contacting the American Cancer Society at the phone number at the bottom and to the right of this page. Please keep us posted.

      about 4 years ago
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