Just Pamela here. No catchy title today. Just an update from the U of M tumor board that occurred on November 27th. One positive (I think) is that U of M said there are more detailed tests to be done for the two different gene mutations (C-KIT and BRAF) that may cause mucosal melanoma. Originally, my tests came back negative. If the more detailed testing comes back positive, there is a medication that will hold the cancer off for a period of time. The medication would be used ONLY if it is determined cancer cells still exist. Of course, my family and I are claiming that the cancer cells are gone. We have sent them packing and told them to get on out of here! :0) I have another appointment at U of M on December 9th and a followup with my surgeon on December 12th. There is one more test I need on my thyroid which isn’t scheduled yet. Once all that is wrapped up, I am planning on returning to work and loving on my students by January 6th when everyone returns from Christmas break. Sounds like a great time for a fresh new start!
Now that the boring medical stuff is out of the way, I have to share that I had the most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I smiled and laughed (usually at the expense of my family members) so hard that my cheeks actually hurt. The weekend was filled with family connections, and I realized the importance of those relationships that we sometimes take for granted. Sometimes we are less kind and forgiving to those who are closest to us.
Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.