I used to dance my senior year of high school. Practicing for a ballet performance I had coming up led to me realizing my back was hurting and I felt a lump. I went to the doctor who said it was nothing. A year later it started hurting a lot. I went to a different doctor and I was told there was a 90% chance it was cancer because it grew and it grew quickly. I got a chance to meet with a surgeon who is fairly certain the lump is a lipoma. My lipoma is fairly large and a lot deeper than visible. As a result, I have to have a much more intricate surgery than a normal lipoma needs. I have to be under anesthesia completely and it will leave a large wound that has to have a surgery drain in for at least a week. I also have to have a biopsy of the tissue done to figure out of it is benign or cancerous. A typical lipoma removal costs only $300-$1,000, but because mine is larger and deeper, it will cost a lot more as a combination of the copay and hospital fee. I am a full time college student, a recent graduate of a CNA program with upcoming exams and work part time so I am unable to pay for it on my own. I am unable to get insurance and there is no extra money for medical bills. I still work and attend college despite the back pain and discomfort because I want to reach my goals. I ignore it and just try to be comfortable when I get home. Having this surgery as soon as possible would really help relieve my pain, thoughts of what if it is cancerous and possible financial burdens.