Monday, March 16, 2015

It's Not a Tumor!

Good news everyone! Good news! It's NOT a tumor! Last week I received a call from my doctor's office. Shelly called me and left a message while I was at work. On my way home I listened to her message and ran through many different scenarios before calling her back. This is how it played back in my mind:
Shelly? Who is Shelly? Normally I hear back from Giselle. Why would Shelly be calling me? Is she the cancer nurse? The nurse who gives the bad news?
But at the end of the message she said I could speak to either her or one of the other nurse practitioners in the office.
Oh! Good! If she were giving me bad news I don't think she would just pass me along to someone else. It's probably not cancer then!
So I called Shelly. She did have good news for me. The doctor has classified the persistent cyst as endometrioma.  Endometrioma is just a fancy term for endometriosis that has formed a cyst on an ovary or ovaries. So there ya have it! It's not a tumor. It's endometrioma and a diagnosis that I can handle. I am so relieved. I've never wanted to hear the word endometriosis as badly as I wanted to hear it then.

The MRI went better than I had thought. I actually got to go in feet first again. My head was still in the MRI machine, but at least I knew it was towards the opening. The machine clunked and clanged and made the same noise it made when I first had my breast MRI, which was strangely comforting. I just closed my eyes, thought about where I wanted to go for dinner, made plans, and kept myself distracted. It didn't seem to take too long. The contrast was a piece of cake, and I was outta there within 45 minutes. Not bad.

I am so relieved. I was so nervous. I am so thankful that I am able to have these tests and ease my mind of all the horrible cancer thoughts. Now on to more important things!

- J.


  1. Hi there, I'm Lindsey! I have a question and would love to talk with you about your journey. Could you please email me when you have a chance? Thanks so much, looking forward to hearing from you :) lindseyDOTcaldwellATrecallcenterDOTcom