I am terrified, I received a call yesterday by some receptionist at my PMC doctors office telling me to make an appointment, due to the fact that my blood work and further tests shown by the x-ray oncology specialist that my giant cell tumor in my metacarpal area and the tumor may be cancerous and I might need prior treatment before surgery, so the cancer does not spread during surgery. Is this true, can this happen? And why would a Dr. have a receptionist call and tell me this. When I called back to find out why, My PMC told me she had no right to make the call and was only told to ask me to make an appointment to come in asap to be seen as she (PMC) needed to talk to me in person. Why would someone do this to me, I am sick to my stomach, I 've been crying non stop. And don't know what to think now. I really don't want to die, and I'm scared beyond comprehension right now. Please advice. Please someone help me through this.
Good morning my friend.
First you have to calm down, I know you are in a state of panic, and being there will cloud your mind and vision. You need to stay clear in order to make the right choices, when the time comes.
I can understand you fear. But I know you are a woman of valor, courage and strength, so do not let this fear inmovalize you.
Your doctor wants to talk to you in person, because , yes there is something wrong, I will not lie to you, I am a friend and friends tell each other the truth. Also, she charges, so she is not going to tell you over the phone, good or bad news.
You have my full support and will be in my prayers, and I truly wish for the news to have a solution... remain calm and strong.
May The Lord always be by your side, in your heart, mind , body and soul.
These are my most sincere wishes.
All the best to you:-)
im so sorry they did this to u. i hate that you are going through this. im sure things will be fine. if there is something wrong, im sure they will treat it and hopefully get rid of it with surgery. stay strong... keep praying. if it were me, i'd be livid with the receptionist. i would have her freakin job. she shouldnt tell all of that information over the phone. how can you know you are really talking to the patient over the phone. she couldve been talking to anyone & telling them your personal business. i cannot believe she did that to you. you could have her fired for that... maybe even sue her. im not the type of person that throws the word sue around. but thats just not right! you're in our prayers and we are here for you.
I too agree with maso. You are a good friend and we will help you through this Michelle. I would be in a state of panic too if I received that phone call. Please try to calm down and think this through. You were NOT issued a death sentence by any means! Have faith that your doctors and specialists will take excellent care of you. The receptionist who made that call should be fired. No one should tell someone that news except your doctor in a face to face meeting. Only then can you get the facts and find out what steps need to be taken to ensure you're best recovery. Please believe this can be helped. It is vital to your recovery. You are in my prayers and try your best to remain strong. I know this sounds impossible to do. But what really is important right now is to find out the FACTS. Not some second hand information from someone paid to set up appointments and has no medical back round. I expect you to keep us all posted.
This will also help you get these concerns out there and give us a chance to help you in any way we can. You are a wonderful member and friend. Try to relax and don't be discouraged. You need to separate fact from fiction and no one but your doctor can do that. Take your most trusted friend or family member with you. Someone who can take notes for you and can help you deal with this. You will be nervous and having someone with you will help you remain calm and record the information that might get past you. Always remember, this is NOT a death sentence my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hi midwestmama. First off, remember that you did not actually get a diagnosis. You only got what some unschooled, unfeeling receptionist decided that she should tell you. Remember, she is not the PMC, she is only a receptionist and therefore, may not have known how to interpret what she read on your chart. As for should she have said anything, of course not, but it was said and her reasons don't really make any difference one way or the other now. She is not a professional and therefore, her interpretation of what she read on your chart, is as such, questionable at the least. Motive doesn't matter really. What matters is that you will be seeing your PMC soon, and until then, NOTHING has been written in stone. And even the receptionist said "may", not "is". Anyone can look at anything and interpret it differently. She doesn't know for sure, and neither do you. Try to hold on to that. And whatever the outcome is, it is not always a death sentence.
People get and live through cancer all the time in todays world. No, I absolutlely do not want you to have cancer either, but should it be, and I say "should", it may not be as bad as it looks to you right now. You are, of course, panicked. I would be too, but if you really think aboiut it, there was no actual diagnosis given was there? It was a "may" or a "might be". Yes, I would be afraid too, now. But you did just the exact right thing. You came here, to where your friends are and to a tremendously strong support system that will help to get you through the coming days until you see your PMC. I have seen your name here on DC and I know you have many friends, friends that will pull together and give you the support you need, any time you need it. And the prayers that I know are already being said can move mountains, so let us all help you now. Take a deep breath and know that it's not time to panic now. Yes, you will be scared and you will worry until you see your PMC, but that is normal, and it's even ok, as long as you don't let it take control. There is no reason right at this moment to fear anything more than the unknown, which we all fear to varying degrees. You will be ok, midwestmama. One way or another, you will be ok. From what I have read so far, I see a good, and strong woman, one who will weather this and any other storm that passes through. Remember, storms don't stay around. They move on quickly. Talk to everyone here as much and as often as you need. I would like to be your friend too, if that is all right with you. I can tell already that I will be enriched for your friendship. And you can add my prayers to all of the others you are already getting, that God grant you the strength and the peace of mind that you need right now to get you through to your appointment. You will not die, one moment before God is ready to take you home, and I think you might find that it may be awhile before he does. I have seen from your posts that you are needed here. You have much to give, and we don't usually head out until we have given what we came to. So, try to stay calm if you can. Don't read into this more than there is. I will pray for you today and every day. God bless ... beanmarie.
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