Monday, August 17, 2009

It's Cancer

Those were the words I heard last Monday from the dermatologists office regarding the biopsies I had mentioned in a few posts back. (Important Information Of the four biopsies 2 were normal moles, one was a dysplastic abnormal mole and the fourth- the one I was concerned about to begin with-cancerous. If there is a skin cancer to have luckily I had the best form.
After I recovered from my initial shock and gathered all the information I could I emailed some close friends for prayer and left the rest up to God.
Today was the day of my outpatient surgery and all in all I think things went well. The cancerous area was scraped and then burned (very technical terms I know!!) and the area where the abnormal mole was located was cut out and will be biopsied again. Right now my arm is really hurting from where they took the LARGE circular area. I will have to go back in 2 weeks to have the stitches removed and then again in 3 months for another full body exam. Unless the second biopsy comes back abnormal hopefully this is it for a while!!
I will say that even though this cancer has not been life threatening per se it has been hard to go through and scary. I just am overly aware of every little blemish, every little twinge of pain in my body now. I think we are our own best advocate for our health care and I am so thankful that I followed my instint and had the biopsies done instead of just removal!

4 comments:

SIMPLY SANBORN said...

It is very scary no matter how serious! i'm so glad everything turned out well and hope all the future visits do too!

Southern Fried Gal said...

So happy it wasn't more serious. Hope the pain goes away quickly. Thanks for sharing with us so we can all be more aware and in control of our health. Keep us posted on the results. Will continue to lift you up in prayer!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Jennifer,
I'm so glad you followed your instincts and had it checked. It is a reminder to us all to be vigilant!

I'm glad you are doing well!

Stop by my blog. You've been featured:)

Happy Friday!
Cindy

Rai and Shannon said...

I'm so sorry for all that you've been through! I also have had a cancer scare...and I know that it is a word you never want to hear from a doctor! Praying for you and that everything heals well.