Monday, February 20, 2012

Cancer AGAIN?!? WTF?

Ok first of all- No- I don't have cancer again. I just thought for like 4 hours that I did. And let me tell you. That was THE LONGEST 4 HOURS EVER. I had a follow up with my endocrinologist this week. It was a totally anxiety free event for me- I'll go, he'll feel my neck, take some blood, and I'll be on my merry way.

So onto the neck feeling part. Usually he gives me a cup of water and I swallow and he feels. (Dirty, huh? ha ha) and normally he says "I can't feel anything. Everything feels normal.". Except this visit. At this visit he said "I think I feel something enlarged."

Just sayin, but ENLARGED is like the worst word ever to hear from the person who diagnosed you with cancer. :::cue panic:::

Per my normal process, as soon as he said the word ENLARGED, I went to the worst possible place. In my head I was having surgery again and we would never have a baby. In reality, he sent me to radiology for an ultrasound of my neck. I was fit into the schedule which meant nothing but lots of waiting and time spent thinking about my upcoming fake surgery and my lack of offspring. So while I sat stewing in a total panic, it turned out that it was all for nothing.

I do have a enlarged lymph node in my neck, but it's not big enough to be scary and you can have enlarged lymph nodes for about a billion reasons. :::deep deep breaths:::

Cancer seriously fucking sucks.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Personhood SUCKS.

The Virginia House of Representatives just passed VA House Bill 1 recently. Here is the summary direct from the bill:

Rights of unborn children. Provides that unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth.

So why should you be opposed to Personhood Bills? (Or I guess why am I?) Well essentially the passage of these bills will make it near impossible to practice reproductive medicine. Doctors and patients can be held criminally liable for anything that were to happen to embryos.

It does specifically state in the bill that practices of infertility treatment are exempt, but the language used is horribly vague and dangerous.

And by the by- there are about 1000 other terrible thing that go along with this bill- Umm forcing a woman who is having an abortion due to rape to submit to a transvaginal ultrasound before the procedure? So kind. So here are some references for you to read up on Personhood. If this is impacting your state- write to your state legislators and make your voice heard!

Click HERE to read the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's opinion.
Click HERE to read RESOLVES Personhood Talking Points.
Click HERE to read the entire bill- Virginia House Bill 1.