One day I was walking my dog and on our way back to my house, a squirrel ran into our garage. I let go of the leash thinking, hey, we’re home, he won’t run away or anything.
Well, turns out, the squirrel runs out of the garage and my dog runs after him. As a last resort, I step on his leash to keep him from running away. It wraps around my ankle and I fall to the ground. It was a little jarring, but I was ok. The next day my leg puffs up to the point where I’m limping very badly.
We go to the doctor and find out that because I had twisted and fell (because of my squirrel-hungry dog), it aggravated a blood clot (specifically, a deep vein thrombosis) which caused the swelling. Since I’m only 15, blood clots are not common, so the doctor took more tests and we found out what caused the clot was a malignant tumor near my bladder. The size of a grapefruit.
They also found the cancer had spread (stage 4) so I started treatment immediately. It’s been 10 months since my dog caused me to fall. Today I am cancer free, and almost finished with chemo!
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