NOT cancer!!! Hallelujah!!

  1. Just a quick note; just got back from the hospital.
    Had a thoracoscopy and happy to report that my dx is now NOT cancer.
    Docs said that they were THRILLED because they were 90% sure that it would be stage iv cancer and would've given me a whole 4 months here on earth. So...

    I have sarcoidosis.
    Anyone have any info on that????
    Any input is welcome...

    Right now I'm too dopey to think straight so I'll go lie down and look at the funny pictures on the ceiling for awhile .... :spin: wheeee :spin:

    in icu, i'd hit the pca, start to fall asleep, snore, wake myself up, and look around wondering what happened....hit the pca, fall asleep, snore, wake myself up=== you get the picture---hubby and daughter thought this was hilariously entertaining....
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Aug 17, '02
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  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Hallelujah, PRAISE!!! This is such wonderful news, Sleepy!! My best friend has sarcoidosis. I can put you in touch with her if you like. Lot's more information online now than there was 15 years ago!

    WONDERFUL news!! :hatparty:
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    what delightful news to hear!
  5. by   Robin61970
    I'm glad to hear it's a load off your mind.....take care!!!
  6. by   delirium
    I am so ECSTATIC to hear that. What great news for you and your family!
  7. by   kittyw
    That's wonderful news!! :hatparty:
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disorder that most often affects individuals between 20 and 40 years of age. Females appear to be affected more frequently than males. Sarcoidosis is characterized by the abnormal formation of inflammatory masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of certain granular white blood cells (modified macrophages or epithelioid cells) in certain organs of the body. The granulomas that are formed are thought to affect the normal structure of and, potentially, the normal functions of the affected organ(s), causing symptoms associated with the particular body system(s) in question. In individuals with sarcoidosis, such granuloma formation most commonly affects the lungs. However, in many cases, the upper respiratory system, lymph nodes, skin, and/or eyes may be involved. In addition, in some cases, other organs may be affected including the liver, bone marrow, spleen, musculoskeletal system, heart, salivary glands, and/or nervous system (i.e., central or peripheral nervous system).

    The range and severity of symptoms associated with sarcoidosis vary greatly, depending upon the specific organ(s) involved and the degree of such involvement. In some cases, the symptoms of sarcoidosis may begin suddenly (acute), sometimes severely, and subside in a relatively short period of time (self limited). Acute sarcoidosis is often characterized by fatigue, fever, generalized muscle aches, difficulty breathing (dyspnea), joint pain, swollen glands, skin eruptions, eye irregularities, and/or other symptoms. In the subacute form, affected individuals may experience no symptoms (asymptomatic), even with organ involvement. In the chronic form of sarcoidosis, symptoms may appear slowly and subtly and may persist or recur over a long time span. Initial symptoms of the chronic form of the disorder may include difficulty breathing (dyspnea), dry cough, limited airflow, and other respiratory abnormalities. Symptoms associated with other organ involvement may follow.

    The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not known. However, possible infectious, environmental, genetic, and immunological factors are under investigation as potential causes of the disorder.



    Sarcoidosis Research Institute

    3475 Central Avenue

    Memphis, TN 38111

    Tel: (901)766-6951

    Fax: (901)774-7294


  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Thanks Sunnygirl!
  10. by   nursegoodguy
    I'm so happy for you! I don't know what it is but here is a page of links to some sites, I'd have done more homework for ya but I gotta get out to work!
    Love ya sleepy! Now get some rest before you post or read anymore!
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    OK, Guiseppe
    But first I gotta wash my hair....
  12. by   shygirl

    What wonderful news. Congratulations!

    I'm so happy for you Sleepyeyes!

  14. by   kaycee
    YIPPEE!!!!!! Glad your ok.:kiss