As I write this I can’t find enough words of gratitude to express what I’m feeling at this moment.
My surgery is still set for Wednesday in New York.
However, my only fear regarding the surgery, my lymph nodes having cancer and the cancer spreading has been answered. The lymph nodes are clear. The hospital called today to let us know there is no cancer in my lymph nodes!
Dr. Morris explained my cancer sits in a too fragile place to not do the surgery. The thyroid gland sits just below the larynx (voice box), The thyroid is on top of your trachea (the windpipe), and my cancer sits right at the windpipe. My thyroid has Hashimotos and there are two very small cancer spots that sit to the left of my neck (where they considered suspicious last year) hence, a much needed Thyroidectomy. I’m told once the cancer grew it would have killed me way too early in life.
I have discovered he has a perfect surgical record and according to him, all of that will be removed and I will be in recovery for two weeks. He commented that I don’t have neck wrinkles to make his incision but he’d be sure to use a nerve monitoring stimulator to avoid hitting any nerves and the incision will be small in the center of my throat. I mentioned I liked him, right? 🙂
I have a strong feeling the champagne I pop open with my loving, relieved husband before the flight back to NY will be the best ever tasted. The getaway Bobby and I take after the recovery having the bluest of blue waters with our brightest of smiles will be the most serene of all. This Sunday’s Easter service the most stirring with my family. The rough recovery in New York spent with an inner calm of every bit of pain, soreness, healing I have ever felt.
This experience, this eye opening ordeal unleashed a new life for myself. I’m ashamed it took hearing those words to live even better than I already was, but what counts is the journey brought me to where I should be, mentally and physically. Back to complete health.
“Truly, I’m not joking when I thank my lucky stars for the awful operation I had, since it has made me young again and philosophical which means that I don’t want to fritter away the new lease on life I’ve been given.”
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