Swollen lymph nodes
The MRI turned out to reveal that Michal’s lymph nodes looked swollen. “That was a game changer. Two more biopsies were ordered. I still wasn’t telling many people, but got to a point I couldn't keep hiding the appointments. When you have cancer but keep it to yourself it's almost like it's not happening. I had to start letting it be known” Michal said. She continued – “Telling people is when it became real.” Just one month after her initial diagnosis, Michal received another call from her doctor. “They told me it had spread into my lymph node and the tumor was the twice the size as first believed. I was suddenly Stage II. On this beautiful day, surrounded by the famous azaleas and thousands of people, tears streamed down my face. I knew chemo, which took my mother's life, was now on the table” Michal said.