For the last month I have been dealing with the news that something is wrong with my body. I have nodules (growths) in my thyroid gland that may be cancerous. The uncertainty is that I do not know whether I have cancer or not and there is no way right now to prove that I don’t have it other than having surgery to remove my thyroid. The desire here is to not alarm my friends and family with this post, but to ask for prayer and to share a bit about the journey I am on with this. So, I am going to share in a series of posts both information so you can pray for me and the journey that I am traveling.
Uncertainty is the most frustrating thing, but when I began on this journey I could be certain of the fact that God was watching over me. The very day I went to my doctor about swelling in my neck, I had a voice mail message on my phone. A gentleman from the church said that it was on his heart to do a prayer vigil for me for the next week. He, of course, had no idea about the fact that I had a swollen lump on my neck.
My first visit to the doctor referred me to some tests and an ENT doctor. My ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor saw me the next week. There I had an sonogram of my thyroid which showed a nodule of 1.5 centimeters, or the size of the tip of my pinkie. As I was being examined, I had one of those surreal-out-of-body experiences. The table next to me had biopsy needles that had freaky tips on them and other motorized tools that were unfamiliar. At least when you are at the dentist you know what the particular torture devices might do.
At the end of my visit to the ENT doctor, he said the next step would be more pricking for blood and a test at a nuclear facility. I’ll let you know about what happened next tomorrow. Thanks for you prayers and support!