Monday, September 24, 2012

Phew!

26.02.09  Phew! Another morning in NW10. 


My endometiral biopsy results are in (a little early!), and they revealed no abnormal cells/cancer! Yay! YAY! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, at least the worst option is off of the table at this point, which is a YUGE relief.  

This is going to sound super psycho, but sometimes I chant to myself that I will never get cancer.  HA!  That is my hope, and it can't hurt to chant it every now and again.  But it is awfully nice to get official notification that I don't have cancer.  PHEW!!!!!!!

I have to make a follow-up appointment to figure out exactly why I had a period that lasted over four weeks.  The doctor mentioned that it might be best for me to get a Mirena IUD to help with the heavy bleeding, and that it would have a protective effect on the endometrium.  I am hoping my problem was some kind of fluke, but I will hear the doctor out, have another exam + ultrasound to check out the goods, and I will most likely do what she thinks is best.  That being said, I really prefer to be au natural, but I will definitely take her advice into consideration.

If any of you have experience with the Mirena IUD, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
 
Thank you so much for your comments and emails.  You guys really are the best support system EVER, and you help me so much when I am stumbling and bumbling through life.  So thank you.  :)
 
Side note: Whenever I get good news from a doctor, I am so relieved, but it always gives me pause and makes me think of people that have received terrible news from a doctor.  Have you ever been in a doctor's office and seen somebody bawling?  One time I went in for a mammogram and I saw a woman sobbing as she clutched her husband. It was heartbreaking. My heart goes out to anyone facing scary health issues. 


28 comments:

Cheryl Ann said...

SO glad to hear all is clear on the awful C-word front. PHEW, indeed!!! good luck with the IUD investigation - i've heard mixed reviews about them. my doc won't give them to women who've never had babies, but maybe i just need to bleed for a month to sway her... ;)

melifaif said...

I am relieved to know you are "okay." ha! ;) I thoughts about you all weekend. Prayed for you....and now knowing all is good, whew, is right. I have never experienced something so traumatic at the doctor...and hope I never do. Good luck...and definitely follow through lady!

besswess said...

That is so wonderful! So often we take our health for granted. Glad you are ok.

GFS said...

I'm so glad my boo is okay! I hattttttteeeeeeee going to the dr. Just hate it! LIke I'd rather swallow a hot razor.

Glad you are all good!

Lorena said...

While I hv not read your previous post , I am happy that you are ok :)

krista said...

yay! i'm so glad to hear your results were good ones. i needed some good news today. xo

Annabelle Archer said...

This makes me extremely happy.

Jo said...

what a relief!! this is great news!!!!! i'm so happy for you!!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

I am so happy for you! Seriously relieved!!

Claire Kiefer said...

I knew you'd be just fine. But still, I can totally empathize with the panic, cause lord knows I feel it on the regular. I'm gonna be haunted by that image of the woman crying and clutching her husband. :( I've never had a mammogram (and aren't you on the young side? are you getting them early b/c of family female cancers?) but I'm scared of them!

I have never received devastating news from a doctor. Just things like "yes, your foot is indeed broken" and other things that, while a pain in the ass, are nowhere near fatal. I'm so scared of bad news . . .

So glad you're out of the woods, and here's to figuring out what caused your marathon period!

sporkgasm said...

SO glad to hear this hon. No matter how unlikely you think something is really wrong, getting good news is always a huge relief.

And I have been in an office in a similar situation when someone got info on their pap that they had cervical cancer. It crushed me for the next few days. It is REALLY hard to see people who are that devastated. Really fucking hard.

anita said...

YAY! and phew!
I have the Mirena....email me all your questions!!

xo

Kianwi said...

Wonderful news! Good luck with the next appointment!

K.Line said...

Well this is good news! So happy to hear it.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It is SO good to hear that you are ok! Cancer just plain sucks. My best friend went through something recently and it makes you lose faith in the world - why do bad things happen to good people?

I still believe in karma and know you will continue to take awesome pictures and write hilarious posts!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Kristine said...

YAY!!!!!!! Big giant fisty pumps and phews all around! i am so relieved!! I've been thinking of you tonnes and I am so glad everything is okay!Going to do a major happy dance in your honour!!

Mandy_Fish said...

I HAVE A MIRENA IUD AND I LOVE IT!

Mandy_Fish said...

And to answer your other question, while I was waiting to have my 20-week ultrasound for my daughter to make sure everything was cool, I was sitting in the hall across from a woman who had just had the same ultrasound that did not go well. She was wailing. It was the sound of such profound grief, that I was trembling. Why they left her sitting alone in a hallway in a wheelchair after receiving such news is beyond me.

diane said...

I seriously love you (in a non-creepy way), and am so glad you got some good news. About the iud, it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion from another doctor.
Also, chanting may be healthier than you know, the mind is a powerful thing.
Your empathy for others is wonderful. I am full of empathy, and just cannot wrap my brain around how some people simply don't care.
Stay strong sweetie. Hope the good news keeps coming. xo d

Trissta said...

Ohhhh girl! That's a HUGE relief!! I'm proud of you for being able to hold on to your sanity, waiting for results. I've always gone crazy, waiting to hear good news or bad news. I'll admit when I got the news that I had to go in for my LEEP procedure, I was pretty shell-shocked. I didn't know how to react, I just knew that I had to take care of myself and could adapt as needed. I'm not much of a crier, myself, unless I'm on my period and unnecessarily hormonal, so I can't say that I'd ever break down in public. I was on BC pills on and off for a couple years, but I'd definitely say I prefer to be au natural. I have horrible emotional reactions to BC and have refused to get back on it. I've heard IUD's are much better, as they release a steady amount of hormones, which would level out any rollercoaster emotional rides. I know everything is going to be ok! I just know it. Any time, just let me know. We're here to support each other!

Much Love,
Trissta

Daniela said...

Glad to hear you're ok!!!

L.R. said...

Oh wow! Lady problems are sooo stressful! Aren't those biopsies the absolute worst? I had an abnormal pap once and had to get a biopsy. I passed out from the pain and instead of just getting the sample while I was out, they woke me up with smelling salts and went at me again. Assholes.

I've never had long periods so no clue what to tell you on that front. I'm sure it's just some fluke with your hormones.

I just had "mild dysplasia" that could possibly become cancer in 10 years so I had laser surgery and then pap smears every 6 months for a few years and now once a year, back to normal. My mom had the exact same thing when she was my age.

My mom also had vaginal cancer! It looked like a tiny genital wart on the inside of her outer labia and then in like a week it was the size of a dime and was "invaginating" (developing a dimple) and was bleeding when rubbed (had its own blood supply) - very aggressive. They removed it and 1" surrounding tissue and some lymph nodes in her groin to test for spreading and she was good as gold. No chemo, nothing. She was super lucky.
I read later that women in the 1940s who took a certain medicine to prevent miscarriages... their daughters later developed vaginal cancer. Welp, guess what my grandma took?

Scary shit.

Never seen anyone cry at the doctor's office but, I did have an abortion when I was 19 and that was pretty freakin somber.

Good luck to you and the rest of your tests. Put yourself first and get these things checked out!

diane said...

Got your note, made me smile to know you took the time to do that. Been a real roller-coaster of a day, so it was nice to get a real response.
Really hope you get a 2nd opinion. Sometimes a doctor couldn't be more wrong, so ask another one, you're worth it.

cerebral e said...

Glad it's all good.

I haven't been on the receiving end of bad news from a doctor but I give it nearly every day at work. That's what I get for specialising in the old and the dying. It gets a bit of a drag sometimes...telling people they have Alzheimer's disease, they can't drive, they have to move to a nursing home, their chemo hasn't worked, their parent has a few weeks left to live, etc.

itsCatherine said...

i am real real happy you are all okie dokie. my hands got all weak and my chest felt squished, but i sent warm thoughts. maybe because of my age, morality has never been easy for me to digest or understand truly. i just get faint.

Kathryn said...

Glad to hear you are cancer free.

I have never used and IUD so don't know anything about that, but it could be that you are going through peri-menopause, which is something I never hear about until it happened to me it my late 30's and can was told can go off and on for more than 10 years by a former co-worker that had the same problem.

I had perpetual periods with such a heavy flow that I thought I was going to bleed to death. A clue was around "that time of the month" that I had a migraine headache two days before, which I had never had previously. The only thing that helped was taking the pill or Depo-Provera shots every few months.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

Thank God :)

Kitty Stampede said...

Holy Shitballs Drollski!!! That is crazy. I am so relieved to hear everything is okay. Sorry I have not been keeping up. You must feel a big huge weight off your back. YAHOOO!!!!!
That would of been definitely freaky, the whole 4 week period thang...shittes. Big Hugs to you.