Her Pimple Won’t Go Away for Awhile. Then Doctor Reveals That the Bump Is a Growing Cancer
When Jodie Dominy first noticed a lump on her chin, she assumed it was just a pimple. Though the bump did not seem as inflamed as most pimples, it was just a tiny, hard dot on her chin that seemed like it was simply a blocked pore like all other pimples. Jodie did not typically get pimples, but since she was a new mother, it seemed reasonable to think it was just due to stress. Since pimples typically heal on their own, Jodie did not bother with going to a doctor at first.
However, the pimple did not go away, so Jodie eventually decided to visit her doctor. The doctor told her that the bump was not a pimple, and it was instead a benign fatty cyst. Most cysts are typically just a small pocket beneath the skin that is filled with fluids or solids. Some may go away on their own, but others remain in the same location for years. Jodie elected not to have the supposedly benign cyst removed for cosmetic reasons, because it would require an unpleasant and unnecessary surgery.
Over the next two years, the lump gradually grew until it was the size of a coin, which can occasionally happen with cysts. Once she started feeling pain coming from the bump though, Jodie knew that something was wrong. After finally getting a biopsy of the lump, Jodie was diagnosed with dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). This is a very rare, slow growing cancer that can eventually become aggressive, and it cannot be killed with chemotherapy or radiation. Therefore, Jodie knew that she would have to get it surgically removed.