Surgical Updates: a.k.a. I actually have something to share!

431072_10151701273696457_888099066_nYou know I never intended to blog this entire journey, but the further I get into things, the more I’m realizing that this is one central location where I’ll be able to answer questions and really put lots of info out there with relative ease.  Bear with me while  I navigate this completely new way to keep everyone updated.

I know, I know. Go figure the professional writer/publicist is learning how to make my way through the personal blogosphere. But seriously, my job is to push all you famous, talented, and pretty people out in the spotlight. Being IN the spotlight is totally new for me!

So this morning I met with my surgeon. I can now call him that because I really liked him a lot. He had a sense of peace about him the moment he walked into the room and get this: he listened. Like really, truly, deeply listened to my concerns. And he answered all of my questions and more. For the past week, we’ve been thinking that a surgeon is like a hammer. Present him with a problem and he sees it like a nail. But that didn’t feel like the case here. He was genuinely concerned not only with treating my cancer, but with my quality of life after treatment. I loved that.

He did do a test that showed him that the back of my tongue and throat are clear and all looks good there, so that’s a big plus. He also believes that this is stage one – MAYBE the beginning of stage two. He was very optimistic about treatment, quality of life and my health in general.

So, that said, next Monday I’m scheduled to undergo another biopsy. It will be surgical and I will be under anesthesia (Thank goodness! Being awake during that last one was misery.) and this will give him the opportunity to do more in depth biopsies throughout the area and figure out what the  next steps need to be. That made me feel better because he’s not willing to just go in and cut out half of my tongue like the other doctor said – not unless it’s necessary.

The surgery will be first thing next Monday morning and it will be a few days after that before we find out specifics on pathology, etc. Once he knows that, he said he’ll recommend next steps and see how invasive surgery needs to be.

So that’s what I know at this point. Your continued prayers, notes and encouragements are a balm to my soul and a blessing to my life. Thank you all so much!

Oh and why the picture? Cause I hate posting blogs without pictures and I figure fuzzy, sleeping kittens are way better than just about anything else being discussed here! :)

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,  you who are God my Savior,  and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Open my lips, Lord,  and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51: 14-15

 

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  • Serena Chase

    Thank you for sharing your journey, Lori! Praying for good news, great doctors, and quick healing.

    • Twichie

      Thank you Serena. Keep the good books coming to help me along too? Seems like I may have some reading time on my hands… ;) *hugs*

  • Audra Sharer Curtis

    PRAISE GOD! He “ALWAYS” has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11-14…I’m at the ALTER of GOD jumping up and down on this scripture for you. Love you girlie!

    • Twichie

      Love you too Audra. And yes – girl’s night for us SOOOOOON!!!! I need the shade at the pool too. I’d hate to get skin cancer. Oh…wait… ;0)

  • jill_richardson

    well, given that my husband is a throat doctor, I’ve seen all those pictures, and I’d have to agree with you :) So glad to hear you found someone who listens. That really is the most important thing.

    • Twichie

      Thank you Jill!! Love you tons! *hugs*

  • Rand

    Maybe you could have Gene Simmon’s tongue be a “stand in” for yours. .. or would that be a “stick out” for yours? Anyway, praying for you.

    • Twichie

      You’re a hoot! Lol. Love the laughter. Thank you for the prayers. *hugs* being sent your way virtually. ;)

  • Tara

    Lori
    I just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you! Please email me your address so I can send you some things. :) my email is : tara_roma@mac.com
    I know this walk is hard for you! And you don’t have to feel strong! :) but know that you are being held by The Lord and, I’m sure, many others who love you!!!
    I’m here for you!
    Tara

    • Twichie

      Thank you so much! The prayers are treasures to me right now and they are so appreciated! Will email asap…. And thank you again! *hugs*

  • Diana Flegal

    I am so glad you have a Dr. that listens, is not quick to cut and is willing to slow down and retest. This is a huge Praise! Thank you for the fuzzy kitten picture. If you can’t post a Steeler picture- well then why not a kitten :-) Hugs. I continue to bombard heaven on your behalf!!

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