Tuesday, June 8, 2010

After the Biopsy

I had my endo.metrial bi.opsy yesterday. The procedure itself went fine. It was a little painful, but I had my trusty Dem.orol and Xa.nax to get me through it and it was bearable. I was a little out of it (obviously), so I spent most of the afternoon (including the two hour drive home) asleep.

This evening about 6:15 (while I was still at work doing my standard unrequired overtime), my mobile rang. I looked at it and it was the RE's phone number, so I answered it. It was actually the doctor himself calling. What he had to tell me was the results of my bi.opsy. While it wasn't terrible news (no cancer, thank goodness), it wasn't good news either. He told me I have Complex Endo.metrial Hyper.plasia without atypical cells. What this means, he explained, is that I am two steps before cancer. Based on the bi.opsy, there are no pre-cancerous cells, but he wants to be completely certain there is nothing lurking unseen. Therefore, he has decided, with my consent, that we will move forward with a D&C.

My appointment with the pulm.onologist tomorrow will also act as the pre-op clearance. He needs her okay to go ahead with anesthesia if I do have sleep ap.nea and for my asthma. He said he thought the procedure would be done outpatient, but he would need her okay that I wouldn't need to stay overnight and he also wants to make sure she will be in town so as to be on-call in case of an emergency.

His plan for after the D&C was for me to take Pro.vera to bring AF on, then at the end of that cycle he'll do another D&C, then I'll start what he called a "Pro.vera Regimen" where I take the meds for 3 or 4 months straight to start AF. We'll then probably do another bi.opsy to see where we are.

This wasn't the news I was hoping for. I was hoping everything would come back okay and we could move forward with TTC. However, it is important to me be sure we nip this in the bud before it turns into something much worse. The way he described it, there are 6 stages from a healthy endo.metrium to cancer. The first is a clear endo.metrium without any thickening; the second is slight thickening; the third is Simple Endo.metrial Hyperplasia; the fourth is Complex Endo.metrial Hyper.plasia without atypical cells; the fifth is Complex Endo.metrial Hyper.plasia with atypical cells; and, finally, Endo.metrial cancer. As you can tell, I'm at the fourth stage. The scary thing is that 21 months ago when my OB/GYN did this procedure, I was only in the second stage. Basically, the endo.metrium is thickening at an alarming pace. This is also the reason behind his urgency to go ahead with the D&C.

I have to admit - I'm a little scared. This news is devestating to me. Granted, it's not anywhere near as bad as it could have been, but it certainly was a shock and a punch in the gut. I hate the thought of the surgeries (albeit minor procedures) to come and I'm scared what they may find. I know these fears are irrational, but that's where I'm at right now.

I need your prayers and/or thoughts. I'll be speaking to his PA tomorrow to make the arrangements and I'll stop by to let you know what's happening as soon as I have some definites. Thanks for your support!

25 comments:

tasivfer said...

I'm soo sorry to hear this Lynn!! I know I'm not a glass-half-full kind of person, but maybe it's a good thing that you're going through all this and this was found NOW while it can be nipped in the bud. Yes, it means delays and horrible procedures, but it also means getting on top of things. ((HUGS))

Sweet Pea said...

I am sorry that you are going through this. I will be thinking of you and praying for you.

(((HUGS)))

Kristin said...

Oh Lynn, I am so sorry you are going through this but I am so very thankful they caught it NOW. Thinking of you and saying some prayers.

Andrea said...

Oh honey, I am so sorry you are going through this and I know that you are scared. However, if I can calm your sweet head just a bit I'll say that the D&C will not be bad, as you will be asleep and the after effects are not bad either. I'm just so happy they are taking measures to keep you healthy and that you do not have cancerous cells, praise God!

All of this will be behind you before you know it. Just focus on the fact that you are healthy, as that is a gift in itself. I'm going through a health scare of my own at the moment and know what the uncertainty can do to a person.

Take care and we will be thinking of you and praying for you.

HUGS

Calliope said...

de-lurking to let you know that I am praying for and thinking of you. This is brutal and unfair and just...ugh. I am sorry. I am hopeful that this plan will kick this to the curb and then you guys can get back on track.

areyoukiddingme said...

I'll be saying some prayers for you. Glad it's not worse, but it sucks that you have to go through this at all. Try not to let this completely take over your next few months. Early treatment has the best success. Much luck...

Suzy said...

I'm so sorry you're going through all of this on top of IF.

So glad they caught it early though.

xoxo

DaisyGal said...

I ma here through Kristen's blog and just wanted you to know that I may Not KNOW you..but I can feel the scared for you.
I'm so sorry this is happening on top of the IF stuff, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and send you all the "GOOD FEELINGS" I can.

Hugs

Lavender Luz said...

Criminy. I'm sorry you're faced with it, but pleased that soon you'll be able to have it all behind you.

You've got our prayers and support, Lynn.

Another Dreamer said...

I am so sorry, that is definitely a scary place to be right now. I will be keeping you in my thoughts (*hugs*)

Fertility Chick said...

Tons of thoughts and prayers coming your way from here. Know that we're all out here for support and care!! Thinking about you.

Ernie said...

I too am very sorry you are going through this. It is better news than cancer, but still not good news to hear. I hope the next few months go by quickly, and you can get back to TTC before you know it. Best wishes.

Aunt Becky said...

Sending you love and light. I'm so sorry. xoxo

Heather said...

you know you have my prayers...and thoughts...and more prayers.

Keep me posted.

Jen said...

keeping you in my prayers

Low Fat Lady said...

*hugs* I am so sorry to hear this. I know it must be scary for you. I hope that all the doctor has planned works and that it doesn't progress any further.

Quiet Dreams said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs.

AKD said...

Lynn, I'm going to be praying for you, too. I'm so sorry - I hope God grants you peace throughout this, and that this course of treatment goes great for you.

Stacie said...

I sure wish I knew why things like this happen. I wish I knew why everything always seem so hard. I am so sorry. Many hugs to you.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Annie said...

I'm so sorry you've gotten more bad news! Thinking of you and hoping this is just a bump in the road.

Delenn said...

Lynn, I am so sorry you are having to deal with this, but so glad that things are being done to heal you. Abiding with you.

Divamom-Act II said...

Sorry for your bad news. I wish you all good things.

Justina said...

Sorry I haven't posted in so long Lynn but I've been reading what's been happening with you. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. Sending you huge hugs and positive thoughts. I'll be thinking of you!

justine said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I will be thinking of you, and I hope that everything goes as well as it can.

Waiting Lisa said...

I feel a little ripped off because I have had so many endometrial biopsies that I lost count and they never gave me any meds. I took some advil before I went and that was it! haha.

I hope you are doing okay. I am following your blog now. I hope you post an update soon. I know how much this sucks. I've been there.

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