Julie Bondurant’s tumor pain changed her life. She took a medical leave from her job early in 2018, started taking antidepressants, lost 50 pounds from inactivity, and began to give up.
“The pain consumed me,” said Bondurant, 33, who had been the general manager of an Olive Garden restaurant. “I literally spent every second of every day in my recliner hurting and only getting up to go to the bathroom and doctors’ appointments.”
Bondurant was diagnosed with a rare tumor called a desmoid on her shoulder. While benign, these tumors are treated with chemotherapy and radiation if they continue to grow. The tumor can infiltrate anything in its way, including connective tissues and nerves.
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