- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
A grateful heart
I recently wrote a hub titled “I love my wife”. It was based upon my recent experience regarding my wife’s visit to the ER. She went in with pains in her abdomen and back. Off the cuff, the docs were pretty certain it was her gall bladder. Some further testing lead to a mass in her pancreas. It was an abnormality at the least. It brought out the most horrific fears in both of us. Several minutes later, a surgeon came to us, with some positive conclusions, to put us at rest. It did not appear to him that it was anything we should “hang our hats” on. None of the other lab tests supported any sort of pancreatic cancer. That is where my “poem” stopped.
A couple of days later, the doctors set up a procedure to go into the stomach and perform an ultra sound and get a closer look. We did so, and they ended up taking some tissue from this unidentified “mass” and did a biopsy. It was then revealed she has a very rare tumor called a neuroendocrine tumor. It is attached to her pancreas. The roller coaster of emotions once again took control and was getting the best of both of us. I have tried so hard to be the “rock” that my wife needed, but I was beginning to crumble around the edges. Cancer in that area was not a good thing, based upon my personal knowledge. I knew I had to find anything positive, and run with it. I would not even entertain the idea of anything likewise.
The next day, we met with an oncologist, who took one look at both of our faces, and started off the conversation with “this is NOT a pancreatic cancer”. It was a cancerous tumor ‘attached’ to the back side of her pancreas. It is an extremely rare tumor. It is a low grade tumor, meaning it is a slow growing one and it is one that rarely spreads. He assured us, that this is something that can and will be handled. It may require the removal of her pancreas, but at the least a portion will be removed. No chemotherapy will be required. It was then, I had the strong urge to do a cartwheel right there in the doctors office. A back flip was among many other physical bursts of emotional responses that I so badly wanted to do. My wife and I both began to breathe once again. We are not out of the woods entirely, but the prognosis as of now, is one that we can deal with.
I cannot begin to thank God as my personal Savior enough. There were so many close family and friends, who prayed so very hard for her. The amount of love and emotions by so many people has truly humbled my wife and me. The term “God is good” is one that I have used from time to time. It has sincerely taken on a new meaning to me throughout this recent experience.
I am merely passing this information on, to many on the hubpages who have expressed me to keep them informed. Some on here has even taken the time to send me a personal message to encourage me. I have developed a very tight family atmosphere on these pages.
For now to all of you who have taken the time to read this, I ask for your positive thoughts and prayers. For those of you who already doing so, I ask that you continue. Please know that I too, am very willing to return these favors anytime with a very grateful heart.