Update: NO CANCER! and MY NEW NOTORIETY!

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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!!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

28 comments

  1. Wow, Rich, that is the best news. Best wishes for a continued recovery. I’m still blown away that you blogged your post-op recovery while still in the hospital bed. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  2. Wow, Rich, that is the best news. Best wishes for a continued recovery. I’m still blown away that you blogged your post-op recovery while still in the hospital bed. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  3. Wow, Rich, that is the best news. Best wishes for a continued recovery. I’m still blown away that you blogged your post-op recovery while still in the hospital bed. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  4. Wow, Rich, that is the best news. Best wishes for a continued recovery. I’m still blown away that you blogged your post-op recovery while still in the hospital bed. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  5. Blogging brother update
    Rich Kirkpatrick update
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to pray for Rich Kirkpatrick, who was having surgery to remove a growth in his throat a few weeks ago. Turns out everything came back negativeno cancer at all! Turns out he also set some rec…

  6. Blogging brother update
    Rich Kirkpatrick update
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to pray for Rich Kirkpatrick, who was having surgery to remove a growth in his throat a few weeks ago. Turns out everything came back negativeno cancer at all! Turns out he also set some rec…

  7. Blogging brother update
    Rich Kirkpatrick update
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to pray for Rich Kirkpatrick, who was having surgery to remove a growth in his throat a few weeks ago. Turns out everything came back negativeno cancer at all! Turns out he also set some rec…

  8. Blogging brother update
    Rich Kirkpatrick update
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to pray for Rich Kirkpatrick, who was having surgery to remove a growth in his throat a few weeks ago. Turns out everything came back negativeno cancer at all! Turns out he also set some rec…

  9. Rich, that’s awesome! I am really glad to hear you are alright! God is definitely good all the time. Hey man, sorry I haven’t really talked to you in a while. My computer broke a while ago, so I have been having to use the library. I am going to be in town from the 16th to the 5th. We should go grab a bite some where.

  10. Rich, that’s awesome! I am really glad to hear you are alright! God is definitely good all the time. Hey man, sorry I haven’t really talked to you in a while. My computer broke a while ago, so I have been having to use the library. I am going to be in town from the 16th to the 5th. We should go grab a bite some where.

  11. Rich, that’s awesome! I am really glad to hear you are alright! God is definitely good all the time. Hey man, sorry I haven’t really talked to you in a while. My computer broke a while ago, so I have been having to use the library. I am going to be in town from the 16th to the 5th. We should go grab a bite some where.

  12. Rich, that’s awesome! I am really glad to hear you are alright! God is definitely good all the time. Hey man, sorry I haven’t really talked to you in a while. My computer broke a while ago, so I have been having to use the library. I am going to be in town from the 16th to the 5th. We should go grab a bite some where.

  13. Congrats! That is great news. And the whole gland thing… I cna say I KNOW you. Next time I’m in Redding I’m going to the hospital and see if I can get a free meal on that knowledge!
    You asked about fun choir stuff… One we are doing this year that is really fun (and pretty easy for the choir – although you need a hot tenor and soprano), is “Children Go Were I Send Thee” from Michael McDonald’s Christmas CD. We’ve also done the Whitney Houston “Joy to the World” (a little more challenging for choir) and the Williamson arragnement of the Hallelujah Chorus that he did for Brentwood-Benson a few years ago.

    Instrumentally, we have a SNL-esque rendition of Silent Night that we are using as walk-out music.

    Let me know if you need any of it. We can shoot it off to you.

    Love ya, bro. Glad to hear the great report. I’ll see you at re:create!

    -Pat

  14. Congrats! That is great news. And the whole gland thing… I cna say I KNOW you. Next time I’m in Redding I’m going to the hospital and see if I can get a free meal on that knowledge!
    You asked about fun choir stuff… One we are doing this year that is really fun (and pretty easy for the choir – although you need a hot tenor and soprano), is “Children Go Were I Send Thee” from Michael McDonald’s Christmas CD. We’ve also done the Whitney Houston “Joy to the World” (a little more challenging for choir) and the Williamson arragnement of the Hallelujah Chorus that he did for Brentwood-Benson a few years ago.

    Instrumentally, we have a SNL-esque rendition of Silent Night that we are using as walk-out music.

    Let me know if you need any of it. We can shoot it off to you.

    Love ya, bro. Glad to hear the great report. I’ll see you at re:create!

    -Pat

  15. Congrats! That is great news. And the whole gland thing… I cna say I KNOW you. Next time I’m in Redding I’m going to the hospital and see if I can get a free meal on that knowledge!
    You asked about fun choir stuff… One we are doing this year that is really fun (and pretty easy for the choir – although you need a hot tenor and soprano), is “Children Go Were I Send Thee” from Michael McDonald’s Christmas CD. We’ve also done the Whitney Houston “Joy to the World” (a little more challenging for choir) and the Williamson arragnement of the Hallelujah Chorus that he did for Brentwood-Benson a few years ago.

    Instrumentally, we have a SNL-esque rendition of Silent Night that we are using as walk-out music.

    Let me know if you need any of it. We can shoot it off to you.

    Love ya, bro. Glad to hear the great report. I’ll see you at re:create!

    -Pat

  16. Congrats! That is great news. And the whole gland thing… I cna say I KNOW you. Next time I’m in Redding I’m going to the hospital and see if I can get a free meal on that knowledge!
    You asked about fun choir stuff… One we are doing this year that is really fun (and pretty easy for the choir – although you need a hot tenor and soprano), is “Children Go Were I Send Thee” from Michael McDonald’s Christmas CD. We’ve also done the Whitney Houston “Joy to the World” (a little more challenging for choir) and the Williamson arragnement of the Hallelujah Chorus that he did for Brentwood-Benson a few years ago.

    Instrumentally, we have a SNL-esque rendition of Silent Night that we are using as walk-out music.

    Let me know if you need any of it. We can shoot it off to you.

    Love ya, bro. Glad to hear the great report. I’ll see you at re:create!

    -Pat

  17. Hey Rich… thanks for stopping by my silly little worship blog. I welcome your input in these discussions…
    Hope you are doing well today…

  18. Hey Rich… thanks for stopping by my silly little worship blog. I welcome your input in these discussions…
    Hope you are doing well today…

  19. Hey Rich… thanks for stopping by my silly little worship blog. I welcome your input in these discussions…
    Hope you are doing well today…

  20. Hey Rich… thanks for stopping by my silly little worship blog. I welcome your input in these discussions…
    Hope you are doing well today…

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