December 14, 2006

9:04 PM: junior

No, it's not a baby.

My ovary is in there somewhere, but it's all blocked by this giant, benign tumor called a dermoid ovarian cyst.

The smaller, white part is the solid part of the cyst. That's the part that is made up of weird, misplaced stuff like skin, hair, and teeth. The bigger, black part is the part filled with fluid. All together it's just over 10 centimeters.

I met with the doctor today. The date isn't set yet, but it doesn't sound fun. We're hoping it can be done laproscopically, but because the solid part is so big, he isn't sure that's feasible. If it ends up being an open surgery, it'll mean a month or more of recovery. Pray with me that it will be the easiest option with the least knifing up my perfect abdomen. :)

And a note on the blogger-beta mess: I've been hearing everyone is having problems with commenting. Blogger just posted a note today on this, which seems to be a common issue with the beta. They said: "Until we fix this, it may work to log in first at, and then go to the comments page on the new version of Blogger in beta."

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3 Responses to “junior”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Hey...I'll be praying for you. If you need anything, don't be afraid to ask.


  2. # Anonymous Jessy Lin

    skin, hair, and teeth? is that for real? oh, shannon.... i'll be praying for you, for sure, girl... i've heard of cases similar to this. basically, a dermoid cyst happens when, for some strange reason without being fertilized, your egg will start dividing as if it were becoming a fetus. weird! (but, im sure you already knew that!)

    anyway.... i am praying for you, and i know what you're going through. doctors think i may have what's called polycystic ovarian syndrome, which, while the cysts don't develop body parts, it could leave me infertile (at least you can look at the bright side in your case... you KNOW that you are fully capable of becoming pregnant someday!!) ;-) and lead to other not so good things such as diabetes and ovarian or uterine cancer. Soooo we can pray for each other! Sounds great! :)

    I love you, sister, and I hope to maybe see you over break sometime! :)

    Love, Jessy  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I'll keep u in my thoughts -- i had an ovarian cyst as well. not to scare you, but trust me, u r in for one hell of a recovery time. it sucks. sorry, i know i should try ot be more encouraging, but i don't want to lie :)
    good luck, keep me posted.

    Thoughts and prayers,

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