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A woman experienced chronic back pain for years. The doctors told her back pain was caused by depression.
Later, it turned out she had stage 4 cancer.
Tori Geib visited numerous doctors because of her chronic back pain. But, they all couldn’t figure out the actual reason for it.
“I saw three rheumatologists to find out why I had this pain, but none took me seriously,” Geib told Health.
She said one doctor even called her pain as “depression manifesting as pain in my body.”
“I almost felt like I was gaslighting myself. Was this all in my head? Surely all these doctors couldn’t be wrong; after all, they were the experts.”
After experiencing the back pain for years, she finally discovered a lump on her side.
It turned out she had metastatic breast cancer.
“The news was devastating; I remember feeling like everything was a blur,” she said.
And, the back pain was due to cancer.
“I first wanted to hug my oncologist. Not because I was excited to have cancer, but because someone finally gave me an answer that explained why my back had hurt so much, confirming that it wasn’t all in my head.”
Now, Geib is being treated but unfortunately, only 22 percent of those diagnosed can survive five years.
“My treatment schedule is pretty rigorous. I sometimes have three or four appointments in a day. But staying alive is my full-time job now.”
“I work with some advocacy groups like the Hear My Voice program from Living Beyond Breast Cancer,” she said.
She regrets not finding out earlier. “What if?” “What if doctors had diagnosed me earlier?” she says.
“I realized I had to keep moving forward. My advice is to advocate for yourself … Above all, trust yourself; you know what is normal and what is not for your body.”
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