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I was on vacation with my wife and granddaughter recently, a “ROAD TRIP“. 3300 miles in 10 days from Colorado through Utah, Idaho, Oregon to Washington, back through Idaho to Montana, south through Yellowstone and back to Colorado.

It was a great time. Lots to see and do and plenty of swimming holes along the way including a dip in Oregon’s Pacific. They really need to consider heating that water up. After one particularly hot day of travel and tourism we got to a motel and as walked into the air conditioned room my wife did a belly flop on to the bed. Shortly after that she told me that something didn’t feel right when she hit the bed, not real pain, but pressure in her pelvic area that was not something she had felt before.

She seemed fine other than that so when we got home we had a doctor check it out. By this time we could feel a sizable lump in her abdomen and the doctor had an ultrasound done, the results of which showed that she had a large complex cyst in one of her ovaries, 15 cm or about 6” long. They scheduled her for surgery yesterday and because of the size of the cyst they did a total hysterectomy and while she was still under they did preliminary pathology on the mass and decided it was borderline cancerous.

Borderline cancerous is not something that I’ve ever heard in all of my years of working with cancer survivors and their life insurance, but it was of enough concern to them that they then biopsied all of the lymph nodes in the area and checked out a few other cysts they found. They said the cysts were benign and they thought the lymph nodes were also, but they sent everything to Johns Hopkins for a complete pathological workup. 3 1/2 hours of surgery and now we have to wait 7-10 days to find out what they really removed.

So, what lies ahead for us all comes down to the same things I’ve talked with cancer survivors about year after year. Stage and grade. Even though it was “borderline cancerous”, that was just the local (in a town of 6000) labs take on it. When Johns Hopkins gets through we will know 1. Whether the cyst was benign or malignant. 2. Whether any of the lymph nodes were involved. 3. If it is cancerous what the stage is. 4. If it’s higher than a stage 1 or 2 (confined to just the ovary), what the treatment plan will be.

Bottom line. It’s a little hard to stay detached and write about this with the woman I love being the subject, but we just have to keep our faith in God and remember that even though this is personal, the subject is one I’ve discussed plenty of times in this forum and the information I’ve provided is exactly the same for us as it is for all my customers and readers.