I didn't want to make anyone wait any longer than they had to for news. I'm home from the doctor's now and I feel like I can actually take a deep breath for the first time in a month. It feels somehow like all of my muscles have all unclenched and relaxed all at once. This might just be the best feeling ever.
Okay, so the medical details. Laslow-Mitford is most probably a benign fibrous tumor of the pleura, but there is a chance that it's a low-grade synovial cell sarcoma. That requires a genetic test to determine, which will take a couple of weeks to sort out. Apparently, the treatment is the same either way--removal. I am so onboard with removal! So we are running full-steam ahead with the removal plan. I contacted Dr. Metz, my cousin's best friend's dad from last post, and he is going to put me in touch with a surgeon. There is a chance that part of my lung may have to come out, and we're not at all sure if that lung will ever recover and get back to full capacity. Once this is all over, I'm going to make sure I start exercising regularly, I want that capacity back!
So, the worst is over. The fear and the stabbity bits are all done, and now we just worry about the surgery. For that, they will have to put me to sleep. Totally non-negotiable. If they won't, I have a friend with a hacksaw and a shop-vac, we can do this ourselves. I want to thank you all again for the warmth and the kindness and the comfort you've given me. Every comment, every facebook post, every e-mail has been appreciated. I think the greatest comfort through this past month (i can't believe it, but it's a month almost to the day. worst. month. ever.) has been knowing that I am not alone, and that there are people spanning the country and even the globe who care enough to say so and to support me. Thank you all for being on this long, scary ride with me. It's not quite over yet, but we've made it through the worst bits. I can truthfully say I couldn't have made it through with my sanity incact without you all. And now, I think it's time to go celebrate!