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hysteroscopy photos, San Francisco Women's Healthcare, Inc.

So I called the doctor again and left a plaintive message with the assistant, saying I didn't know if I had cancer and would like to know before the weekend. The doctor called back and said the pathologist was gone on Thursday and so that's why she didn't call me. She found evidence of a uterine polyp that she wants to remove and she found cells in the cervix that were dysplasic. Dysplasia is pre-cancerous, but there are several steps, she said, between dysplasia and cancer. (See http://www.womenshealthchannel.com/cervicaldysplasia/index.shtml) There were just two minute clusters of abnormal cells, she said. The thing to do about dysplasia, she said, is to keep monitoring the cells.

Thus, she will do a Pap smear soon to check out the cervical cells. Then she will go on a mission to find the rest of the polyp, via uterine hysteroscopy . That takes place in the hospital, under sedation, but I will be awake and can watch the procedure on a screen, which is very interesting she said.

Which makes me think we should re-examine the term "navel gazer." I suppose that's as far inward as men could imagine looking at themselves.

(And so it has come to this, toward the end of the first decade of the 21st century, where we write about our dysplasia for all the world to see.)


severe dysplasia, not mine

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that you have to go through surgery again. Best wishes, Susan Coster (from FB)

Cancer Bitch said...

Thanks. It's not really surgery, it's just sending a little camera inside me to see what's going on.
c. bitch

Jules Joyce said...

Sandi ~ When that little camera sees what's going on inside you, it will see that you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I hope the cam will also see that you are healthy on the inside -- or that any pesky health problems in those lovely innards of yours will be easy to fix!

Cancer Bitch said...

Thanks, Jules. I keep thinking of big dogs. My friend Jennifer had a dog, Lyka, who had hip dysplasia.

ShoppingKharma said...

I'm sorry about the surgery too; will be thinking of you while I have mine. I have one planned for the future for a stoma and another opening up (5th times's a charm!). I hope it's much later than sooner but in all I'm sending you lots of healing vibes. Love your blog and you are a doll! Wishing you all the best!

Cancer Bitch said...

Thanks and good luck to all of us.

Jules Joyce said...

SLW, grrl! Remember I roomed with Jennifer & Lyka for a year thanks to you :-) They were both sweethearts!