the rib cage


“I was fainting a lot. I thought I was working too hard, or had mono or something. I went to urgent care and they found out I was anemic, but based on my hemoglobin count there might also be internal bleeding, so that’s what prompted the MRI. They found a mass attached to the top of my stomach the size of a football that was bleeding out. And based on its size and characteristics, they said it had probably been with me since the womb. It was contained under my rib cage so nothing was ever protruding. It wasn’t affecting any other organs. They say that it’s more common than you might think, but I had never heard of anything like that before. It had been growing with me for 25 years.

I had never been sick before in my life. No x-rays, no broken bones. So to have something that required me to be hospitalized for two weeks and in intensive care and under anesthesia and being operated on, it was startling. It was scary.

Life is gonna throw you some weird stuff. You really never know what’s going to happen.”