I am a 19 year old girl from the Chicagoland area. A little over two months ago, doctors found that I had a Giant Cell Bone tumor that had eaten away half of my C4 vertebra and was dangerously close to my spinal cord. I had been having pain and nerve problems for several months, but the doctors thought that it was a pinched nerve and that it would get better with time. I finally went to the ER and they did an MRI which finally found the tumor. At first they thought it was cancer and that I would be lucky to see 21, but after the surgery they found out it was benign. Along with taking out the tumor, the doc fused 4 of my vertebra from C2 -C5. Today I am struggling through physical therapy, still am on narcotics, have severe nerve pain, have a deep burning itch deep inside my neck that I can't relieve, and had to take tome off of college. I want to know that there are other's out there you have gone through similar experiences as me or know someone who has gone through something like this so I know that I am not alone. Nobody seems to understand what it is like to deal with nerve problems or not being able to do a lot of things again or to live in fear that the tumor could come back. However, I'm not sure if I am in the right place. I am trying my best, but I don't want to walk this path alone.
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