"Everything happens for a reason" ~~~Voltaire, 18th Century
SO chronologically speaking, how did we get today's (11.11.2019) biopsy results, "CANCER OF THE RIGHT THYROID".
Sunday, May 26, 2019... I injure my back picking up after my 80 pound Black Lab. Not picking up my 80 pound Black Lab, picking up her "lawn deposit". MRI proves herniated L5~S1 disc, a couple of smaller bulges at L3~L4 and L4~L5, and no surgery needed.
Sunday, September 22, 2019... After a weekend of prepping for the licensing of Just Like Home Family Childcare, now a licensed home daycare co-owned by Aimee Jo Martinek and DiAnne Ayshford, I sit down to ice my back. 20 minutes later, there is no feeling in my right foot. A common occurrence since the May injury, this time it is so severe, that I need crutches to make it to the ER. A fine drug cocktail reduces the swelling and pressure to allow me to WALK out of the ER with the following recommendations: 1...Get a second MRI and 2...Follow up with my primary and a neurosurgeon. My primary orders the second MRI. The second MRI brings the following results: A...My neurosurgeon again recommends against surgery and B...my primary is contacted because a mass is indicated on my right thyroid.
Thursday, October 10... Primary doctor meets to order an ultrasound of my right thyroid.
Friday, October 25... Ultrasound indicates a 3.1cm long by not quite 3.0cm wide OVAL mass on my right thyroid. A biopsy is recommended.
Friday, November 08... Biopsy at 9am. There are actually 2 masses; one smaller mass on top of the one larger mass. Not quite numbed enough, the needles pinch going in and out during the 3 biopsy spots of the smaller mass. For the larger mass, it is not as easy. The mass has calcified and the extraction is NOT as easy. The bad news, I am told, is the calcification usually indicates cancer. The good news, I am told, is that IF it is cancer, thyroid is the easiest cancer to cure and should be my first choice of cancers. My reaction is that I would rather have Ovarian Cancer like my daughter. Who knew that I did not have the right parts for that cancer?!?!?!? The biopsy results would take 7 to 10 business days.
Monday, November 11... 130pm. I am just leaving Just Like Home Family Child Care when the phone rings. It is a number that I recognize; that of my primary doc. It is the news that I expected to hear. "We believe it is Cancer"; "You need to see an ENT specialist"; "I am so sorry to tell you this"...about all I remember.