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By 1xeihfg—December 8, 2015

I was diagnosed in 2007 with RRMS. I worked 12 hr days 5-6 days a week as a QA Supervisor in a food plant. The only doctor I made time for was my Neurologist. She told me over a year ago to stop working and go on disability, my job was too stressful, I never took lunch or breaks.

In March 2015 I got up at 4 am to get ready for work. When I stepped out of bed I fell, right leg was completely numb,couldn’t walk. Called the doctor that morning, she took me out of work for good. I applied for SSDI. I had to go to primary for physical and lung doctor, I had COPD and never went and had my yearly follow up there either. I blamed all my issues on MS. The last mammogram I had was 2006. I am 53 yrs old. They found a mass on my breast as well as a tumor on my right lung. Yes, I have cancer. I found out about the breast mass and lung tumor in the same week. I had the upper lobe of my right lung removed in July, the breast mass in October. The lung cancer is nsclc, the tumor was also on the outside of the lobe, stage was 1b. Breast mass was a pre-cancerous mass and has been removed in October. I had a port put in my chest in November and I am going for chemo. Tomorrow is my second dose. I get chemo every 21 days.

I cannot express to everyone to follow up with ALL YOUR DOCTORS! Don’t blame MS for everything like I did! And don’t become a work horse like I was. All that I did for them, they did away with my job after the 12 weeks FMLA ran out and short term disability! My boss wanted it extended a year, but the corporate level seen that as a money savings. They did continue to email me on the company phone for about 5 weeks, for work issues/questions. I wish I printed them off, what they did was against the law. I think when they finally realized that, they deactivated the phone and asked for it back. I never even received a get well card!

To wrap this up, I believe MS saved my life. My cancer would have spread and I would probably have been at stage 4 before I found out. Thank God for my relapse and my doctor for forcing me to pursue SSDI and finally take care of ME!!!!!

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