I go back to school and around the first of March, start to have this nasty "green" feeling in my stomach
I let it go for about 2 weeks and go to the campus health clinic the day before spring break starts. They tell me I have C-Diff Colittis
I go to Chicago and all that week, I am on my back, with stomach pain, vomiting simple things like Orange juice and sports drinks [LIST]
I finally leave...on Greyhound...for a 10 hour ride back to Kansas City...all the time in pain. I get to the bus station and they rush me to the hospital at my request. It's 11:30 PM and I feel terrible.
They take me to get a CAT Scan at around 5 AM 2 hours later, they tell me they found tumors and of course, they want to admit me to have them tested. They also say that my liver is enlarged significantly.
The next 3 weeks of my life were hell. I lay in the hospital in the most intense pain of my life, being drugged up with morphine, oxycodone...you name it.
The next week, they tell me that I have stage 4 Neuro Endocrine Cancer that started on my pancreas and spread to my liver.
The internal medicine team...I had some serious issues with them. I felt like they were going to let me die. They wanted me to go on Oral Chemo Pills. Thank God, a few days later, the Oncology team took over and said they wanted to start Chemo right away.
I have no health insurance.
I have no family here and the only job I had was campus employment.
I moved into an assisted living facility that takes medicaid and I am one of two people under 35 that live here
My family understands but they don't
I connected with someone who has Neuro Endocrine Cancer, and apparently it's very rare and slow growing. I was also told that I'm rare because I got NET and am an African American
Chemo drains me for at least 14 days
I miss working and want to go back as soon as possible
I couldn't believe that having cancer is not considered a disability.
It all happened within 2 months and I have been in the hospital about 4 times.