I just had my second post-op visit with my doctor and found out that NO CANCER was found in my thyroid. The pathology report came as very good news today. But wait, there’s more! I have notoriety from this pathologist and in fact set a hospital record. Today at my doctor’s office, my doctor ceremoniously shook my hand and presented me with the following: I at least made the top ten of largest glands removed! Mercy Hospital in Redding has been around quite a while. Besides this, the pathologist, a person in this field for a very long time, has never seen one this big!
Imagine the size of a softball. That was the mass of my thyroid. For those more curious, as the thyroid fails it grows more tissue (hypertrophy) in order to continue to function. This is also called "goiter" and there are varieties, etc. But, the main thing is that I will be on synthetic hormones (synthroid) to replace the normal function of my thyroid for the rest of my life. This should be fine, but will have potential minor bumps with dosage and/or side effects.
I want the THANK all of you who have prayed, sent your encouragements, and made amazing lasagna, brought me the new Xbox 360 Splinter Cell game, brought me sushi even though I couldn’t eat it, blogged on my behalf, had even their moms, worship teams, entire church prayer teams and missionaries PRAY for God’s healing and favor. WOW. My wife has been amazing of course, and my kids have prayed and seen God work.
One concern I had was my voice being damaged. Having such a large growth removed has most likely improved me voice! My speaking voice almost immediately came back strong and I recognize a change in it. As far as singing, I can do a lot already and am set to be leading worship for Christmas services!
God is Good…ALL the time!!