Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Awesome News

Spoke to the surgeon today. Turns out I have 7 enlarged lymph nodes in my neck near my jugular vein. Dr. C (surgeon) says "they may or may not be cancerous". You mean just like when they told me that I may or may not have thyroid cancer? She says they are too far away from the thyroid to address in this surgery and there are too many of them to biopsy. She says that Dr. W (new super endo) agrees with her.

So what does this mean? It means that 6 weeks after surgery I'll have an uptake scan to see if the nodes are cancer. If they aren't- super mega awesome- no big whoop. If they are cancer- then I'm headed back to the operating room for a much more invasive surgery called a Neck Dissection. (Which, ps- only reminds me of AP Biology and fetal pigs) I'm not afraid of thyroid surgery. It's pretty low risk in the grand scheme of things. But Neck Dissection?? No thank you.

I've been handed a pretty rough deal the last few weeks. If I could ever ask for a break, it would be here. I really don't want this cancer to have spread. Please. Just this one thing.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. You just can't catch a break Kathy. I'm thinking about you and have been praying for you daily. I know it's hard after all you've been through but try to think positive thoughts. Keep that beautiful chin up girl. ::hugs::

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  2. Dammit! I don't know how you are even functioning! I don't know if you've read my blog (and no this isn't a shameless plug, haha), but I hate when people tell me I'm strong in my situation. BUT! You are one strong lady! You don't know me, but I think of you often and will continue to send you good thougts!

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  3. My heart just stopped. Oh Kathy, there are no words, just tears. ((hugs))

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  4. Oh Kathy! FFS! Hoping and praying that this is nothing.

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  5. So many prayers for you, honey. ((((hugs))))

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  6. Thinking of you and praying, Kathy. ::hugs::

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  7. Kathy Im so sorry. This breaks my heart. If I had super powers I would totally make this stop for you so you could get IVF. You are in my T&P everyday! Oh and Happy Bday today!!!

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  8. I am thinking about you daily ((hugs)) I really, really hope you won't need the second surgery. Good thoughts going your way!

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  9. So sorry about this Kathy!!! MH had to have surgery on his neck. We went in to it thinking that it was a very common procedure for a (congenital) branchial cyst. It ended up that it was a "massive infection" that surrounded his right-side jugular vein. The surgeon thought it was inside the vein so he had to biopsy it on the operating table. Fortunately no infection inside the vein or bloodstream, however, they tied off that vein (so he only has the left jugular vein now) and still has pain/numbness there.
    PRAYING that your biopsy comes back benign and you will need no further treatment!!! I pray that your thyroid surgery goes well and you can continue with TTC.

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  10. Oh FFS. Kathy, this is just plain ridiculous. I feel like a broken record saying "I'm sorry" because I keep saying it, but it's unbelievable what you are going through right now. Continued prayers as always, you're always on my mind.

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  11. Oh my goodness, Kathy! I just saw this. I'm so sorry, love. My heart is just breaking for you. Hoping and praying that you won't need the second surgery. (((HUGS)))

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