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7/08/2008

Gratitude Moment --- Crisis Averted: Test Came Back Normal On the Second Try!

Some of you are aware that I had an abnormal test recently that looks for a rare cancer called a pheochromocytoma. Due to the numbers coming up high, I had to do a second test and was nervous, to say the least.

I have had several "cancer scares" over the years and I had a "surprise" carcinoid tumor removed in 1996 during my (planned) combined surgery to remove endo and a foot of my colon. (Back then I had a hemicolectomy, entire appendix with the carcinoid tumor removed, endo removed... the works... during a laparotomy. I have also had 6 laparoscopies). If I had had a pheo, the surgery used to remove it is either a laparoscopy or laparotomy. I personally have no desire for an 8th abdominal surgery!

I was supposed to get the results of my 2ND 24-hour urine test last Thursday but they weren't ready then. This just increased my anxiety over it. I just spoke with the nurse at my primary care physician's office and the 2ND test was normal. Yay! I'm so relieved!

A pheochromocytoma is a tumor on the adrenal glands (which sit on the kidneys). So the PCP thinks the reason behind my first (abnormally high) test was the extraordinary level of stress I have been under. After all, my adrenaline has been getting a workout lately.

Thank you to everyone who sent me positive energy, prayed, listened, etc.!! Your support and kind words have helped me more than you know.

I have yet another reason to be grateful today! :)

P.S. THANK YOU to all who emailed me with their support! I really appreciate it!

This article was posted by Jeanne via "Jeanne's Endo Blog" at www.endendoat.blogspot.com.

4 comments:

Yaya said...

Oh My Goodness! I've been so worried!!!!!! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Congratulations!

Jeanne said...

Alicia,

"Yay" is right! Thank you! It is a BIG relief and I'm so glad I finally got the results I was supposed to have by last Thursday.

Jeanne

Shauna said...

Jeanne,

I am so so so glad for you!!! That would have been the last thing you needed eh?

Keep up the faith girl,

Shauna :-)

Jeanne said...

Shauna,

I'm so relieved! It really would have been the last thing I need now! Thank you for your concern.

I admire your blog. It is so thorough and organized. You must have spent many, many hours getting it to the point that it's at now.

Welcome to my new endometriosis blog! I hope you like it. :)

Jeanne

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