Sunday, July 3

Surgery

I received some disturbing news this morning, but right now there isn’t really enough information to react to it. A friend of mine called me to tell me that he was having surgery on Tuesday, because they just found a tumor in his thyroid.

I don’t know what to do. I don’t think there really is much I can do at this point. There simply isn’t enough information to know how serious this could get. I know enough people who have had thyroid problems, including cancer that I’m very alarmed. I’m just not going to let my imagination go there.

He’s only 26 years old. He’s one of those old soul people. I met him about ten years ago and I know him as an artistic and sensitive individual. He speaks softly and not a lot, but when he does you just have to stop and listen because you don’t want to miss anything.

Right now he’s more focused on the surgery, then on anything else. I know he’s scared of going under the knife. We hope they don’t have to remove any of his thyroid. We hope that it is just one benign tumor. We hope that his thyroid functions aren’t affected. At this point in time, there are far more questions then there are answers and we only want good answers.

He has a good support network. He lives with his fiancée and his mother and his brothers both live near by. He also has several friends in town. I want to be there for him, but I just don’t know how. There really isn’t anything I can do except for check-in with him and try to be supportive. Any well wishes you’d like to send his way I will pass along.

11 comments:

Bearette24 said...

Sorry to hear about your friend...I hope the tumor is benign...

Anvilcloud said...

It's stories like this that give us pause and remind us that we all live on borrowed time, so we should make the best of it.

Best wishes.

~Cathy~ said...

Hope the tumor is benign too. I think your plan of just being there for him is a wise one.... There's not much else you can do. BTW, here from Michelle's!

Mrs. Fun said...

Many well wishes for your frind. I hope it goes well and he recovers quickly.

crystal said...

I'm sending best wishes to your friend, and to you!

violet said...
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violet said...

(Let's try that again without the typos!...)

Lora, I've done medical typing for an endocrinologist (doctor who specializes in problems of the endocrine system, of which the thyroid gland is a part) for 14 years. Let me just tell you that thyroid nodules are common. Three most-used methods of treatment are medication, radioiodine ablation and surgery. Also to allay your fears, thyroid cancer is rare in these tumors. And if thyroid function has been affected, it's easily brought back to normal, and maintained, with medication.

(All that from a lay-woman's perspective, of course.)

J Bo said...

Lora, I am so sorry to hear about your friend, but I am sure that the outcome will be positive. Why? My mom had a tumor on her thyroid (she has lupus, btw) and had to have it removed. She takes a synthetic thyroid- has to the rest of her life- but is totally fine. In fact, the surgery for the thryoid was less traumatic than her hysterctomy.

Best wishes to you and your friend.

Lora said...

Thank you for your reassuring perspectives!

gypsy said...

Have him read my friend Kalli's blog - she's just recovering from a very serious illness that resulted in a big surgery. Her wit and wisdom might make him smile, and give him some things to think about.

www.kallipallooza.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Lora:

I've got a whole knot of folks praying for him. He's a special guy, and we all love him very much.

A good thing to remember -- prayer in its many forms has been scientifically proven to help patients recover, regardless of the patient's religious presuasion, or that of those who pray for them. They don't even have to know they're being prayed for -- hint hint. :-)

Even athiest to athiest works. Thought is energy.

I think about him a lot.

-- Dan