Before poking me more than 10 times in my thyroid which has a goiter the size of an orange, the Michigan State University doctor took some time to talk about thyroid cancer and how the odds were that I didn't have it. However, he did say that if I tested positive, then it would be pretty treatable.
It was all part of my fine needle biopsy that was taken after tests showed a soft tissue mass on the back of my tongue. It was found in the process of various tests that the goiter on my thyroid was the size of an orange and that my thyroid had dropped down into my chest from my neck.
I found that the biopsy was pretty easy, compared to the biopsy of my tongue more than two weeks ago where a sample was taken in the operating room with me under a general anesthetic. The doctor used a variety of syringes to take samples directly from my thyroid. The cells have been shipped to a pathologist in New York. Results should be back by a week from this past Wednesday.
Any after effects from the biopsy? My neck and throat are sore. No pain, but some soreness.
For me, the threat of cancer has had a cleansing effect. I quickly clarified my values and what I want to do with the rest of my life. The list is short, but would center around my relationship with God, with my wife and with the rest of my family. I could come up with a "bucket list" real quick.
I pray a whole lot more. I'm not sure if God had to put on extra staff to hear my prayers. I'm praying for a wider group of people, including those who we deliver Meals on Wheels today.
I'm writing this for myself. Doing that helps me to sort out my reaction to a whole bunch of health stuff that happened this past year. I don't think I'll stop. I don't think I can.