Monday, December 13, 2004

There's Stupid, and then There's Stupid Denial

OK boys and girls, when you're laying in bed and looking like this:

It's time to seek help. I'm always amazed to hear of these stories of denial. It has to be denial, because if not, then the person is just really, really stupid! This lady might have been obese, but not so overweight that she would not have noticed 66 pounds of tumor!! Here's the story:
Grace Radtke said she knew something was wrong, but had no idea it was a 66-pound tumor that was causing her pain.

"I couldn't believe it," Radtke said. "It just floored me."

Last week, Radtke underwent surgery to remove the giant ovarian cyst -- the size of three watermelons -- that was lodged under her ribs.

Radtke weighed more than 300 pounds when she suddenly started losing weight without dieting. Her family encouraged her to get medical attention.

Doctors said the tumor had been growing for at least one year with huge blood vessels attached. She said despite losing weight and having difficulty walking, she was nervous about seeing a doctor.

"I was so scared. I didn't know what the outcome would be," she said.

Dr. Greg Duma, a gynecologist who performed the surgery, said if they hadn't removed the tumor, it would have continued to grow.

After hours of surgery, four people were needed to lift the heavy tumor. Doctors said they had to roll the tumor onto a stretcher.

"My hat was soaked with sweat and they kept having to blot my glasses because it was very physically demanding," Duma said.
What's amazing is that these stories come up about every 2 years or so. No one likes going to the doctor, but this is truly ridiculous. And in case you were wondering exactly what a 66 pound tumor looks like, wonder no more: