Today, on the way home from a follow-up doctor's appointment, I broke down and cried. Boo hooing while driving, not so smart. But, it was a good, I'm-SO-Thankful, feeling-blessed cry. I'll back up and share the whole story.
About a year ago, I noticed a little pea-sized knot under my ear. My family doctor felt it was probably a swollen lymph node that would eventually subside. I remained aware it was there. And that it was ever so slowly growing larger. I had my doctor feel it again in early March and she agreed it had grown and referred me to a specialist.
The following week I had my appointment with the ENT specialist and within fifteen minutes, I was scheduled for surgery to have it removed. He agreed it was most likely an enlarged lymph node, but that it needed to be removed. Although some thought I should have it biopsied first, I felt at peace with the surgery decision.
Surgery was last Friday and all went smoothly. Well, accept for the lovely reaction I had to all the anesthesia and pain medicines. Hopefully, my husband won't tell that part of the story... God bless him for helping me through it.
When I woke up in recovery after the procedure, I was greeted by happy faces telling me wonderful news that it was benign. And that it had actually been a tumor. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to hear the news, but without details, it really didn't sink in. Until today. My doctor showed me about how large the tumor was. (almost 2 inches in diameter) And explained how deep it was. And that I was right, that it didn't belong there. And that if wasn't removed, it would've caused further problems and damage. AND that 1 in every 3 persons with a glandular tumor such as this....finds out it's malignant. 1 in 3. So, I'm 2 in 3. That's what made me cry. Tears of gratitude. Tears of relief. Tears of thankfulness. Tears of praise. Oh, how I love Jesus! =)
In my grateful state of mind, I'm healing with NO pain meds, thank you very much. And telling you, if something doesn't seem right, pray. And go see your doctor. =)
A little side note to my story: sneezing while healing from facial surgery is not pleasant.