Masseur warns woman in Iowa about cancerous lump

A woman from Cedar Rapids is alive right now, in part because a massage therapist found her and warned about a knot. Judith Takes said last year her partner gave her a couples massage for her birthday. Amber Henline was the massage therapist working on takes that day, reports KCRG. “I just felt a grape-sized bump,” Henline said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was unusual to find a bump in that area.” Henline mentioned the bump to Takes after her session, KCRG reports. “The same day we got done at Amber’s, got ready in the car, and I called my GP,” Takes said. “I said I need an appointment as soon as possible. She brought me in that Monday for a biopsy. By Tuesday, I knew I had cancer. “The lump was a swollen lymph node that led doctors to diagnose stage three cancer at the time,” Takes said. “I’ve never done anything so far under my arm. I never expected that.” It’s been more than a year since Henline discovered the bump. Takes’ doctors have since declared her “clinically free” of cancer. Takes said it was an “accident” when the cancer was found, an accident that she credits with saving her life and one that she hopes will illustrate the importance of early detection to others. “First and foremost, pay attention to what’s going on with your body,” Takes said. The ordeal also left her grateful for all the things that made her be in the right place at the right time: “Thank god Eric gave me the couples massage. And thank God Amber is the one who did it.” She’s also grateful for the chance to re-evaluate life. “It is a present. I mean, you can look at it negatively and say, ‘Why me?’ Or you can look and say, ‘You know what, it opened my eyes and I see things differently,'” Takes said.

A Cedar Rapids woman is alive right now, in part because of a massage therapist who found her and warned about a knot.

Judith Takes said last year her partner got her a couples massage for her birthday. Amber Henline was the massage therapist working on takes that day, reports KCRG.

“I just felt a grape-sized bump,” Henline said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was unusual to find a bump in that area.”

Henline mentioned the lump to Takes after their session, KCRG reports.

“The same day we finished at Amber’s, got in the car and I called my GP,” Takes said. “I said I need an appointment as soon as possible. She brought me in that Monday for a biopsy. On Tuesday I knew I had cancer.”

The lump was a swollen lymph node, which led doctors to diagnose stage three cancer.

Takes said doctors removed cancer from her lymph nodes and breast.

“I do breast exams all the time,” Takes said. “I’ve never done anything so far under my arm. I never expected that.”

It has now been more than a year since Henline discovered the bump. Takes’ doctors have since declared her “clinically cancer-free.”

Takes said it was a “coincidence” when the cancer was found, an accident she credits with saving her life and one that she hopes will illustrate the importance of early detection to others.

“First and foremost, pay attention to what’s going on with your body,” Takes said.

The ordeal also left her grateful for all the things that made her be in the right place at the right time: “Thank god Eric gave me the couples massage. And thank goodness Amber was the one who did it.”

She is also grateful for the chance to re-evaluate life.

“It’s a gift. I mean, you can look at it negatively and say, ‘Why me?’ Or you can look and say, ‘You know what, it opened my eyes and I see things differently,'” Takes said.

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