Oh Hi Holidailies!

Yay! It's time for Holidailies, that beloved yearly tradition wherein bloggers and/or online journalers and/or diarists solemnly swear to post once a day until the end of the year. It's also a Holidailies tradition to introduce yourself to the group, just in case someone hasn't read your blog. So here we go - ten things about me (because I'm too lazy to do more than that and I conveniently have a category called "Ten Things").... Read more →


Recovery

In my surgery outfit Oh hi! So, just about two weeks ago I had surgery to remove my ovaries. It went quite well, especially since the big ole mass in my left ovary was a benign adenofibroma. I must say that the hospital staff was great. Everything went quite smoothly, from check-in through check-out. When they took me back to my wee cubicle, the bed had everything laid out quite neatly: high-tech hospital gown, shower... Read more →


Today's the Day

Surgery. I won't kid you; I'm nervous. Nervous enough that I toyed with the idea of writing one of those "To Be Opened in the Case Of" letters to Joe. I decided I was overreacting. I'm hungry, though. No food or liquid (including water! Torturers!) since midnight. I'm dressed in comfortable clothes, I've got the Folder of Importance ready to go. Glasses case? Insurance card? Check. Photo ID? Check. Said my unconventional prayers? Check. This... Read more →


Wouldn't It Be Ovary?

Image from the Nickelodeon animated show "The Angry Ovaries" I saw the gynecological oncologist Friday. He's a very straightforward fellow; I like him. He showed me the MRI films, which was a lot like showing me a Jackson Pollack painting and asking me to find Waldo. I really couldn't make out anything, except for my tailbone. And I only recognized that because he traced it and said, "There's your tailbone." Naturally, I read the report... Read more →


The Saga Continues

I saw my medical oncologist early last week and got the good news that the treatment for my lymphoma is no treatment - at least not yet. I'll have bloodwork in three months and more scans in six months; lather, rinse, repeat until my lymph nodes get large enough to be bothersome. We also talked a lot about the mixed liquid and solid adnexal cyst in my left ovary. The upshot was a special blood... Read more →


It's Always Something

So I had extra-special bloodwork and a bunch of CAT scans this week. Good times! And, because I am nosy, I kept checking the patient portal to see the results. And, because I am nosy, I couldn't resist reading them when they appeared. Did you know that my brain is unremarkable? And all this time I thought I was remarkable! In fact, many of my organs are unremarkable or "normal for age". This is actually... Read more →


The Sacred Sites

What would it have been like, I wonder, to be standing at the back of the cold dark tomb on top of the hill in Newgrange, waiting for dawn on the shortest day of the year, to see the shaft of sunlight pierce the rockbox at the entrance and slide like a snake of light straight down to where you were standing? What would it have been like, I wonder, to be standing on the... Read more →


Results

Pathology reveals low-grade B-cell lymphoma compatible with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma. This is concordant. So there you go. I have lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. I found out when I was poking around the patient portal of my healthcare group. I had gotten an email with my validation code for the site, but had not gotten the email with the secure link for registration. I sent an email to site support about... Read more →