Last week, I talked a bit about what was going on in my personal life, with the discovery that my girlfriend of 21 years had cancer, and that the doctors had found a mass on her liver.
Today, I’m here to share some good news.
After discovering the mass on her liver, a biopsy was scheduled to confirm what the doctors already suspected. Upon performing the biopsy, however, pretty much everything changed, as they did not get what they expected. More tests were done, and it was soon confirmed that what had appeared as a mass on the MRI was, in fact, an abscess.
This good news because it means that it is not cancer.
Even more tests were done, and they learned that the abscess is most likely the result of the high sodium count in her blood stream. Further, they learned that that all of the anomalies in her blood work they had been seeing, and had attributed to the area of Basil Cell skin cancer they know about were actually the result of the infection at the heart of the abscess.
Now armed with this new knowledge, they set to work draining the abscess and treating her with some potent antibiotics to help clear her blood system of the infection that was coming from the abscess. They also re-evaluated what they had believed in regards to the area affected by the skin cancer.
Specialists have been called in, and everything is being looked at again, but at the moment, they are telling me that that the skin cancer may be much more treatable than they had initially believed. The anomalies that they had been seeing made them think that the skin cancer was somehow affecting her blood, possibly causing the cancer to mutate and spread elsewhere.
The main reason they thought this was because the area being affected has gone untreated for over a year, making it one of the worst cases they’ve seen. They weren’t entirely certain of all the ways it could be affecting her without the specialists having a look. Now that they know where the anomalies are coming from, and the specialists are starting to look at her case, things are changing for the better.
By the way, yes, I have been after her to see a doctor for this matter since it first developed. If there’s one thing I know about the love of my life after 21 years, it’s that I can make her do nothing. Including take care of herself. Even now, she’s more worried about me than she is her own health and well being.
While she’s still having a hard time eating due to being on a respirator for almost a week, the doctors are much more confident that even the skin cancer can be treated successfully, and that she is going to be around for a long time to come.
Which isn’t to say that there aren’t issues that are present. Complications they can’t foresee has been the mantra they are repeating to me, and I do understand that. Still, they are giving me every reason to believe that she is going to come through this and be okay.
I’m not a man of faith. I’ve tried, many times in my life, to be one, but my natural inclination towards logic and reason prevents me from embracing it the way I’d like to. Regardless, I am able to believe in the power that those with faith have, and I can’t help but feel as if all the well wishes, positive thoughts, and prayers that have been devoted to this have made a difference.
I may not be a man of faith, but even I can accept that it has meaning.
So, for now, things are looking up. I visited her in the hospital yesterday, and she’s much more active and chatty. For which I can only say thank you to all those who have supported both of us during this time.
We still have a long road ahead of us, but for now, it looks greener and easier to travel.
Thank you all, for everything.