This man thought that a bump on his arm was nothing more than a bug bite. But, now he is thankful that his wife did not stop nagging him about it. She convinced him to go to the doctor and to get the spot checked out. The doctor told him that it was something far worse than a bug bite.
Brian Walker, 43 year-old man, did not pay any attention to the bump on his arm. But, his wife, Helen, 44, was not convinced.
The husband did not listen to his wife, so, Helen booked Brian a doctor’s appointment herself.
This whole “drama” was funny for him, up until the doctor sent him to the hospital.
In the hospital, the doctors found out that he had a “rare inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) — with only five cases recorded worldwide.” If Brian did not act immediately, he could die.
Doctors say: “IMT usually follows a benign clinical course after radical excision, but invasive, locally recurrent, and metastatic forms … have also been described.”
Without any second thoughts, doctors scheduled Brian for surgery. They did this because the tumor continued to grow. The tumor was red, oozing fluids, and was the “size of a brain.”
Surgeons had to cut out part of Brian’s arm in order to completely remove the growing tumor. The doctors cut away “at the huge tumor and the healthy muscle and skin tissue around it, leaving him with a gaping wound which they used tissue from his back to fill.”
Brian did not work for months while his arm healed.
Brian said: “Some people complain if their wife nags them, but going to that appointment had a big impact on my life. I’m your typical truck driver, so just get on with things, but I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t gone.”
His wife explained: “I’m very pleased I got him to go to the doctor. He could have lost his arm if he hadn’t been treated. The point is you can’t just regard a lump as nothing. It should be checked out.”