By Marivic So
I have a high tolerance for pain, so I knew something was wrong when my abdominal discomfort became unbearable in Sept. 2012. The first time I saw a doctor about it, I was told the pain was related to constipation and sent home with medication. It took six months and two more appointments before the doctor realized it was something more serious and ordered a CT scan. That's when they found a basketball-sized tumor attached to my pelvic bone and appendix.
I didn't know what to think or feel, but I was calmer than you might expect. Earlier that week, while waiting on my scan results, I had asked for prayers at my church. I knew those prayers would make everything OK. They helped me stay composed.
So when I got my diagnosis, I remember saying, "When can we get the tumor out? I want it out next week."