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February 14, 2012

The Waiting

Cell biology

Cell biology (Photo credit: Arenamontanus)

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” — H.G. Wells. 

Valentine’s Day 2012: Yesterday I was admitted to Reston Hospital for surgery. A small one. I had a biopsy excision to remove what appears to be a benign mass of cells. The surgery was relatively painless. Thanks to preventive measures by way of a mammogram, a biopsy, and then yesterday’s procedure, who knows? A life could be saved.

The wait begins: pathology results take a week or two to come in. But one-day post-op, I’m carefree. The radiologist detected irregular cell growth early. I acted assuredly, connecting with Dr. Jane Hanscom a surgeon at Reston Breast Care Associates. So, if  the pathologist discovers a malignancy, that just might be the good news. Finding what could be life-threatening is the reason I pay healthcare premiums that are second only to my mortgage in monthly expense.

On some days I can let worry lay waste to hours . . . and for things a lot less vital than my health. But on this day, I’m tingling. The commitment to my health drops from my head to my heart. From here,  I’ll make the daily decisions that allow each one of my 60 trillion cells in my body to thrive while I’m alive.


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