Tim began experiencing significant lower back pain in 2018. While x-rays, sonograms, and MRIs were inconclusive, he never received a formal diagnosis. He was prescribed medications, which masked the pain, but by the end of January 2020 the pain was so severe that his honeymoon was cut short and he went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Tim was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer that had already metastasized to several organs and lymph system. After a few weeks in the hospital, and not being a candidate for treatment or clinical trials, Tim returned home, under the care of his family and hospice. Two weeks later, he lost his brief but intense battle with Sarcoma.
Don’t ignore your pain, and don’t settle for “no diagnosis” when you know something is wrong. Greater awareness of scarcoma and a PET scan in 2018 could have saved Tim’s life.