First, the health stuff. Lots and lots of testing since early May, and in the past two weeks I have made the nearly 2 hour trek to the nationally acclaimed teaching hospital (NATH for short) 4 times. I go back tomorrow. This is what I know at this point.
- The 'thing' in my pelvis is some sort of tumor attached to a small piece of the fallopian tube that apparently was left on my right ovary that has grown SOMETHING. We have no reason to believe it is malignant (based on previous history) and in the past year it has not changed in size. It is unclear if my remaining ovary is involved.
- I go tomorrow to schedule surgery to remove this mass. My doctor will have an gynecologic oncologist on call just as a precaution, but she believes it is not going to do anything else. She also feels strongly that she can get it laproscopically without cutting my mesh incisional hernia repair. I hope so. If she cannot, I am going to not allow more invasive surgery unless they see something that it becomes essential.
- I will be off work 2 weeks, maybe, and have a recovery of 6 weeks.
- I am continuing the discussion that I want the ovary removed. My doctor is really against that due to family history of osteopenia and osteoporosis and heart disease, but I am just a few years under the age for menopause, and if it is left, I will continue to have a figurative 'sword of Damocles' hanging over my head for the remainder of my life, and I can almost predict it is going to have to come out at some point.