If you have been reading my blog for a time, you would have read about my routine experience with colposcopy (a procedure used to screen status of cervical dysplasia), and also my recent concern surrounding my doctor's recommendation for me to undergo LEEP treatment to rid my body of the pre-cancerous cells.
Well, today was the day for my scheduled LEEP and I am happy to report that after all of my grief, anxiety, worry, and planning, I no longer require it. I have just returned home from my "procedure" appointment at Sunnybrook Hospital, a visit that has had my tummy in knots, and mind racing for days, and I am still trying to fully absorb what went down.
Earlier, I was just settling into my clinic room, when the nurse arrived and began looking over my chart. She flipped the pages back and forth with a funny look on her face, scanning the notes over...and over... and over. I began to panic...was she reading some bad news? Was there full blown cancer in my body? What was up with my biopsy taken last visit? Was this LEEP still a viable option??
Well....what came out of her mouth next was the real surprise; both my biopsy and pap taken had come back negative. Whaaa? Both? So, like, zero bad-DNA?
Yup. After what seemed to be a million minutes, my doctor finally entered the room, glanced at my chart, and with a shocked look on her face, told me that I was free to go. No bad cells, no procedure. Doc said she was genuinely happy to be able to give me the great news, as she rarely gets to do so; and merry early Christmas to me! I like to think that maybe I had a real part in my healing; through some proactive life changes and positive spirit.
And there we have it. I am free and clear. Literally! At least for now. I head back again in 6 months for yet another followup, but that is just fine by me. So friends, here's to living a balanced life, a diet full of super-foods, a splash of red wine, lots of hot yoga, & a bucket full of love. Here's to health. Happy Holidays!!