I'm sure most have heard of the area, but I noticed the majority here are actually European. So just in case, it's a nice little surf city in California, in the U.S. So first off, my name is Stephen, but most just call me Steve. A few close friends even call me "Fang". It's great to be welcomed into the forums here, so a big thanks for that!
My story is a slightly strange one...I began to form a small lump on my right wrist, but as an avid skateboarder, I assumed it was from a fall. Over time though, it went down in size, but then it started to actually recede. This "crease" eventually opened and started to bleed. That's when I knew something was seriously wrong. So, I headed to a local hospital who did little more than poke at it, then tell me "you'll be fine." Thousands of dollars later (unnecessary x-rays included), I finally landed a job with a decent insurance plan, and visited a proper specialist. Dr. Andrew S. Fang, from South San Francisco. Fantastic guy...but I digress. He immediately saw what I saw (that this was extremely bizarre), and sent me in for a biopsy as quickly as they could take me. About a week later, the results came back. My entire wrist was taken over by a cancer they call epethilioid sarcoma. I'd explain more about this extremely rare form of cancer, but the basics of it seem to be - one in a million odds, no specific reason for it's onset, and if untreated it attacks the lungs. Even chemo is extremely ineffective at that point. Luckily, I was born a southpaw, so when they told me the arm needed to go, it really didn't hit me too hard.
So. That's about it. Not a lot's changed in my life, and everyone I know can't believe my attitude towards the whole situation. Not trying to brag or anything...
I opted to go without a prosthetic also. The good ones cost around $20,000, and I get by fine without anyhow. Just look how happy I was fresh out of the hospital! :p