8.11.2011

Finally

This morning, I was sitting here at my desk, mid-way through a post about the biopsy and the healing process and how it was unlikely that I'd hear from my doctor before Friday, when my phone rang.  It was my doctor.  You know what he said?

IT'S NOT CANCER!  I'M CANCER-FREE!!  BENIGN, BABY!!!!

HELL to the YES!  Thank you thank you thank you!  Praise be to the highest!  OM shanti shanti shanti!

What a ride this has been!  The truth is gradually sinking in.  I feel as though I'm stepping sheepishly from behind a black curtain, re-emerging in the light.  I had become so used to the idea that the my life was about to take a hard turn that it is difficult now to conceive of any other possibility.  I am giddy with relief but still on guard, not yet entirely convinced that the danger has passed.

Apparently, the blue ink from my rather large tattoo had been collected by the white blood cells in my body and distributed throughout my lymph system, causing the nodes to swell.  The doctor said both of the lymph nodes he extracted, one from the armpit and one from the groin, were the same lovely azure.  It's a bizarre case.  This is only the second time he's seen anything like it.  A rarity, isn't that fun?

I will celebrate my 26th birthday this weekend and, though I will not be with my family because of my post-surgical state, it will be a happy occasion.  Thank you all from the depths of my heart -- friends, readers, students, and family -- for your strength, compassion, and support throughout this fearsome affair.

And now... let the adventures continue!

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!! You had us all holding our breath here :-)

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  2. Phew! We were all waiting with you for the results and have been nervous you haven't posted for awhile. Glad to hear the good news!

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  3. That is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CONGRATS!

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  4. YES!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Big hug of relief coming your way from the North East--Tara :)

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  5. Congratulations! Happy to hear you are well!

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  6. HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Woohooo! :-). Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. Phew, and what a reminder to just enjoy life for everything it's got, huh? Ahh. That was good news :-)

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  8. That's a relief! Very pleased for you. :)

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  9. Great news! What a relief! YAY YAY YAY!

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  10. Wifi was so slow, clicked on your post and all that came up was the picture : ) so happy for you.

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  11. Really great news Megan! Now you can get on with the rest of your life!!

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  12. Wow fantastic news Megan! Thanks for sharing that wonderful news with all of us! & Happy Birthday
    Jim

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  13. Thinking about you all week....big sigh of relief! Happy birthday and celebrations!

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  14. What an amazing birthday gift!! So happy for you! A very bizarre consequence for getting a tattoo. Have a wonderful birthday. You have much to celebrate!!

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  15. Huge hugs and smiles for everyone, on me!!! I have a feeling this experience will be one of the greatest gifts I ever receive.
    XXXXXX :D :D :D :D

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  16. Yay!! So, so glad to read that!

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  17. That is crazy! Thank goodness... We are all worried about you (my friend and I follow your blog and though you may not realize it, so many random strangers are concerned!) What a nutty story... Hope you recover from everything and enjoy your time. I bet you have a new perspective right now. I feel the joy!

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  18. don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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