Count It All Joy

Knowing that the trial of your faith bringeth forth patience


January 2016

And we Thank the Lord

I wrote last week about being nervous about my first dermatology appointment and that I thought I possibly had a few more spots. The appointment went pretty good and most of the spots that I was concerned about the dermatologist said she wasn’t concerned about. There was one spot on my lower abdomen that was a bit of a concern and they did a biopsy that day and I got the results back yesterday. And, THANK THE LORD it is not cancer! The doc said it did have atypical cells which means that it’s highly recommended that I have the rest of the area removed so as to avoid the possibility of cancer in the future. They are not sure whether or not that particular area could become cancerous or not, just with a patient that has my history they highly recommend my having it removed. So I will be getting scheduled for another excision of the area which can be done outpatient right in their office.

I am nervous about the outpatient procedure since it seems that anytime I have procedures done with local anesthetic I nearly pass out. But I guess that’s why it is done with a doctor overseeing the procedure.


The Ups and Downs of the Journey

Just thought I would pop in and give an update on my cancer. I am scheduled to see the Dermatologist on Tuesday of next week for a check up. I’m a bit anxious as I think I may be developing some questionable spots. I don’t really fancy being cut on again, but realize that it may be necessary. Melanoma is not a picnic or walk in the park, but then when is cancer ever either of those two things.

Just a few things that I’ve learned about this dreaded diseaseĀ is that once you have it, it’s never very far from your mind. Once you’ve had one spot then you constantly worry about every spot, freckle, or dot that starts to turn dark or change colors.

I found out that one thing good that has come from this diagnosis is that it has brought awareness to the rest of my family. And, I’m guessing that each time I go for a checkup from now on, I will be somewhat nervous about it. But, I must just keep trusting God that He knows exactly what is best for me and my little family!

I hope to be updating after Tuesdays visit with good news! šŸ™‚

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