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Well, less than four hours until my appointment. I wasn’t gonna do this, but I’ll allow you guys to share more of my suffering.
The firm pink bump on my foot that started all this:
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Bad news: The dermatologist said that the firm pink bump on my foot is actually under my skin, and therefore she couldn’t do a biopsy on it. She says I need to see an orthopedic specialist.

Now I’m gonna go make myself anxious by seeing what conditions affect the foot under the skin.
 

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Guys, I still don’t have an appointment with an orthopedic specialist yet, because staff is busy handling things for other people. Also, Google won’t give me any good info on foot cancer, because it’s so rare.

I can’t tell if my bump is still growing or not, so I’m just going to say it’s not. Pretty weird, considering how quickly it appeared.
 

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My temperature read 96.9 degrees, and I can’t tell if it’s because my thermometer is broken or if I’m just really chill.

HEY GUYS, DO I SOUND CHILL TO YOU?
 

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I just learned that rare cancers aren’t that rare. Specifically, they make up 27% of all cancer cases.
That said, I still don’t have very many possibilities for what’s in my foot. Maybe synovial sarcoma?
 

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Staff said I need to call my primary care physician to get an appointment to get a referral to an orthopedic specialist. So I’ll be doing that this morning. I can see my PCP next week probably, but I might not be able to see the orthopedic specialist until after my beach vacation ends over a week into October.
 

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Man, turns out my PCP appointment will be on the 26th. There goes all hope of seeing the orthopedic specialist before my vacation in October. Meh, getting a phone call that says you have foot cancer is the type of thing that can ruin a vacation anyway.
 

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I said fifteen hours ago that I couldn’t tell whether my foot bump was still growing or not. Well, now I think it is. It isn’t shrinking at the very least. It’s been there fifteen days now, so I don’t think it’s going away. Yeah, I know I first posted about it on the 4th, but I remember spotting it on the 1st. I just didn’t think it was a problem until the 4th.
 

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Great, new problem, constipation. I’ve dealt with it before, and normally wouldn’t think much of it, but learning that I’m CHEK2 positive, plus the unexplained bump on my foot, has me thinking about advanced colon cancer. Guess all I can really do for right now though is drink plenty of water and try to distract myself. If my insides start hurting, I’ll seek urgent care.
 

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I managed to “eliminate” twice today, but both times it was a small amount, and I had to strain hard for it. I’m thinking now that the constipation may be an isolated problem, but it’s still a problem.
 

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Good news. I finally pooped a full poop. Now I’m not that worried about colon cancer, but I still need to get the bump on my foot checked out.
 

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Guys, I can’t stop worrying that the bump on my foot is metastatic cancer. Metastasis to the hands and feet is rare, but also deadly as fuck. I saw one page say the average survival time for acral metastasis is seven months.

Meh, all I can do is get it checked. I just wish it would happen sooner. Not that getting it checked sooner would help if it were metastatic cancer, but it would end the suspense.
 

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Another thing too, my bump is on my heel, and the most common site of foot metastasis is the calcaneus, or heel bone. 14 out of 46 cases in this one study were in the calcaneus, and another 9 were in the talus, also part of the hind foot.
 

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There is a bright spot. I said seven months was the average survival time for acral metastasis two posts ago, but that was for both hands and feet, at this page:

However, in the study of just feet that I linked in my last post, the average survival time was 15 months. They found prognosis info for 20 patients. 10 died within one year, another 8 died within two years, and 2 made it past two years.
 
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