Good news bears!

And the winner is….gangliocytoma!

Dr. J himself called this morning with the best news. Martha is a gangliocytoma, a benign (!), slow-growing (!) brain tumor that may never cause trouble. While these buggers are generally operable and curable with surgery, I don’t need another surgery. As long as I don’t develop seizures, Dr. J recommends no further treatment for now.

He made a point of saying that he is comfortable with the results and diagnosis, and wouldn’t have called if he had doubts or if it was bad news. In fact, a few of the cells in the sample were normal! Right now we will plan on a regimen of annual MRIs and if anything changes–and chances are good that Martha will just stay put and not cause problems–we’ll deal with it then.

Gaglioctyomas are rare and, as a sister said, it figures that I’d have the kind no one has heard of before. Another friend pointed out that apparently I AM the 1%. If I knew how to use Twitter, #occupyamandasbrain would be trending right now.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

I called Ron Paul with the good news. Note the confetti. Thank you, good doctor.

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7 thoughts on “Good news bears!

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  2. Woo-hoo! I am thrilled and thankful that the news is so good. Slow-growing and benign are winning words in my vocabulary.
    Rejoicing with you,

    Karin Maag
    Calvin College

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