I said surgery and some folks got UPSET!.. That’s so sweet, but really – it’s OK.
The short answer is: I’ll be having abdominal laproscopic surgery on March 24th.
Any prayers and happy thoughts anyone would care to send my way would be muchly appreciated.
And if you’ve got any to spare – my friend Debbi Hampton could use them so much. Debbi is a former editor of Brilliant Star magazine and a gifted singer and musician well known to the Baha’is in the Southeastern USA. A devoted believer since the age of 19, Debbi is a talented poetess and author of Slapped Awake: Living with Breast Cancer; a Journey in Poetry and Prose. A fifteen-year struggle with cancer appears to be approaching its end, as her most recent treatments have failed to slow the progress of this terrible illness. But her family credits her longevity to the prayers ….
The longer, far oogy-er answer (and tennis ball explanation) is under the cut. You’ve been warned 🙂
So for about two and a half years, I’ve had pain off and on in my lower left abdomen. Sometimes the pain would be sharp, and I chalked it up to mittleschmerz – which I’ve had since I was a girl. As it persisted, I knew I needed to do something, but….I’d have to go find a new gynecologist, and I wasn’t in any rush; I can be VERY slow about such things.
I didn’t say anything to my husband because I didn’t want any hassle about it; he can be really good at hassling me about health stuff. That could be a positive thing, but often I think it just contributes to his sense of superiority – he’s never had to have surgery…blah blah blah.
Then came all the stuff with my heart and I remember thinking, “I’ll deal with it after all the heart stuff.” As I made it past 6 months valve repair post-op, the pain in my abdomen got worse and more constant. Now was the time.
To make this a little shorter, during my pelvic exam, the doc found a “mass” in my left abdomen. Since then I’ve had 2 ultrasounds, a CAT scan, and a particular blood test that looks for ovarian cancer markers called “CA-125”.
I tested positive on the blood test, but just barely. The doc said (as best I can remember – these numbers may not be exact) that normal for this blood test is a 45 and I got like a 52. If I really had ovarian cancer, my number would be in the hundreds.
But the mass must come out and so later this month, I will have it done…through my bellybutton. If he finds something disturbing, then I will get opened up further and a total hysterectomy and oopharectomy will be done. They will biopsy the tissue in either case, and we’ll know if I’ve got cancer.
And the tennis ball? That’s about the size of the “mass”. No wonder it hurts!