Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The question and answer videos!!!

Okay, the videos were too big so I hosted them elsewhere. To see them, just click HERE and you can see both videos. I broke them up in two.

Warning - they are boring. And I'm just not that interesting at all it seems. I can hide all I want behind typing, but you see the real me on a video.



~biopsy~

I got some preliminary information. And it's not that good. Let me try to explain by drawing what the doctor drew for me. Here is the spectrum of cervical results ...


Apparently most people who have an abnormal pap smear fall into this one little place on the sprectrum on the cervical results chart...



Now, to explain where I am, let me talk about cervical dysplasia. From the literature, "Cervical dysplasia is a term used to describe the appearance of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, the lowest part of the uterus. These changes in cervical tissue are classified as mild, moderate, or severe." ...


"Mild dysplasia is the most common form, and up to 70% of these cases regress on their own (i.e., the cervical tissue returns to normal without treatment). Moderate and severe dysplasia are less likely to self-resolve and have a higher rate of progression to cancer. The greater the abnormality, the higher the risk for developing cervical cancer." So, knowing my luck lately, guess where I am? Ding~ding~ding!!! If you guess this, you are correct! ...



Adding in the + hpv for the high risk cervical cancer strain, the lesions are more likely precancerous.

The next step was the Colposcopy. "Depending on the severity of the dysplasia, results of the HPV test, and other risk factors, colposcopy is the next step in the diagnostic process. Generally, a colposcopy is performed if the cervical cells are distinctly abnormal."

So we did that. And "if abnormal cells are seen, a biopsy is usually done." Guess what? Yeah. So a biopsy was done.

We are now waiting for the results to confirm the Stage III dyplasia and to see if the cells may already be cancerous or simply in their precancerous stage. The next steps will all be dependent on the results. These should come in Friday and I will let you all know my prognosis.

46 comments:

Wordgirl said...

Jesus Nancy, (I haven't watched the videos yet -- I had to respond right away)

I'll be thinking of you incessantly. I wish you lived closer -- I'd bring you food at least...

I hope you're taking good care of yourself.

XO

Love,

Pam

Peeveme said...

Well, crap. You are having pretty crappy luck aren't you? I am hoping things come back with the best prognosis possible.

Melissa said...

balls! I'm sorry!

My SIL had this too, i'm not sure, but i think hers was in the Moderate level and they ended up going in with a laser and burning the stuff off. It was found after her 2nd child was born.

Wordgirl said...

You are so lovely. You have such a sweet demanor when you see the video -- I mean we KNEW that but I love to see it -- and you said hi to me -- TWICE...(smiling). I told you right that the boys love shellac right? Including the third grader. It's crazy -- G had his days of going to lots of shows -- and wishes he'd gotten a tattoo -- he has perfect arms for it -- as do you -- I love sleeve-tattoos -- I'll always remember a student where I taught - she was so pretty and had both arms sleeved -- hot! (Not that I was looking of course because that would be inappropriate ... hee ..)

XO

Pam

nancy said...

Pam, that's one of the parts I was just laughing at. You can see my genuine happiness, but I was such a girl! all clapping and sqealing. heh.

Kymberli said...

Not "Ruby!" NOOO!!! Not the name of Frank's She Who Must Not Be Named skanky ex-girlfriend!

You said my name. Heehee. Simple pleasures.

Thinking of you, thinking of you, thinking of you.

nancy said...

I have an ex boyfriend named Frank.

Lisa said...

Nancy, you will be in my thoughts. Please let us know what's going on as soon as you know.

Jenera said...

Well, shit. Who'd you piss off? Just kidding. Well only a little bit.

I hope things turn out well in that you can get rid of it if possible.

jill said...

Ugh that really sucks :/ I'll be thinking of you and hoping the next results are on the better end of the spectrum.

oh and I watched the videos and enjoyed them both! very good "get to know you" clips I think.

calliope said...

what the FUCK, Universe???
lawd, Nancy all of this just bites donkey balls and I hate it that you can't seem to catch your breath. Actually that is not true- you are awing me with your breath catching ability over here.

As soon as I can kick my computer in the shines (she is being all wonky today with teh mac rainbow wheel) I will watch you videos- I wanna SEE!!

Geohde said...

Nancy, I am sorry. That is scary news. I am hoping that the worst you'll need is a LLETZ or cone (resection of the abnormal part of the cervix- with clear margins of nrormal tissue), or *even better* the biopsy taken today gives better news than it sounds right now.

The universe would surely not be ironic or cruel enough to even go the hyst route after you've just been sterilised, would it?

I'll be thinking of you,

xx

J

Lori said...

Dang, Girl. You are a Woman of Steel.

Wishing you the best news possible. Holding you in my thoughts.

I would SOOOO love to be at that roller derby with you and those other bloggers! Yowza!

Amanda said...

I haven't seen the videos, either (yet).

Shit. This sucks. Majorly. Hopefully things will come back better than expected and the biopsy will have cleared a lot of it up. (That's what happened with my moderate dysplasia.)

Beautiful Mess said...

Oh no! Thinking of you and sending you BIG hugs!

loribeth said...

Yikes!! Thinking good thoughts for you.

Sara said...

Yes, it sucks. Yes, you do appear to have shitty luck. And yes, you will get through this. Whatever is handed to you, you will defeat it.

Lots of hugs for you and you will be in my thoughts.

sara said...

Oh sweetie...I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. I'm keeping you in my thoughts...thinking of you so much...you deserve to hear nothing but the best of news ((hugs))

Glennformer said...

It hurts to know there is even a possibility of another serious problem. You have a great record for overcoming adversity though, so I'm betting you'll kick this one in the ass too.

Hugs.

Jules said...

Yikes! Good luck has to come your way, I just know it! Hoping for the best, my friend.

~Chel~ said...

Damn girl!!! You will be in my thoughts!!!

JamieD said...

Holy fuck, Nancy. I don't know what to say. Stating the obvious - I am so sorry this is happening to you. You'll be in my thoughts and I hope you get good news quickly.

Loved the videos, BTW . . .

Kelly said...

Seriously...if it weren't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any at all. This needs to quit! Yikes!

I'll be thinking about you; hoping the results come back non-cancerous. (hugs)

Becca said...

Oh shit Nancy, does that suck.

Totally.

Sending good thoughts your way.

Sarah R said...

Shit, goddamnit, and FUCK!!! FUCK, FUCK, FUCK!

That sucks, Nancy. Sorry I'm getting to this late (DH had his surgery today). I really hope the biopsy results are good.

You will be in my thoughts! Like you need another fucking thing to worry about!

Kirsten said...

Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you; so sorry this came about. I just hope they do what needs to be done quickly so you can get back to living your life without worrying about all this crap!!!

Carrie Ann said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. My sis had the same situation and they lasered the cells. That was almost 20 years ago and she's fine - they never came back.

You're in my thoughts -

jenn said...

Oh fuck. I am hoping for better news after the biopsy. This shit just isn't fair. xoxoxoxo

Krista said...

Thinking of you. Sorry you keep facing all these health issues. I hope for better news than you are expecting.

Lauren said...

I also had the Stage III cervical dysplasia. The doctor told me it was "Carcinoma in situ" meaning cancer in place. I had the colposcopy, followed by the biopsy, then a LEEP procedure to laser of the offending cells. After that, my paps have remained normal. So hopefully, you will find the same results. Apparently cervical cancer is very slow progressing and easy to treat. I wish nothing but the absolute best for you!

Miss Tori said...

What the hell is up with all this medical crap befalling you? Seriously, enough is enough!

I'll say a prayer that the results come back negative.

By the way, on a previous post you said something about men not reading your blog. Um, yeah, my DH does on occasion.

April said...

Jesus, woman! I'm wishing you health, health, health right now...and I'll be waiting anxiously to hear the results of your biopsy!! :-(

littlesteps said...

Sending lots of good thoughts for a good prognosis your way!

Steph said...

Daaaaaaaaang.


((HUGS)) Nancy. I'm thinking of you.

Steph
stephs_3_kidz

Velma said...

Are you kidding me? What!! Haven't you had enough?

I'm sure that's what you've been thinking. Grr.

Ok Crossing fingers for you.

Not in the Water said...

OMG Nancy....I am praying for you. I hope they can fix this ASAP.

I get abnormal pap with HPV. I was due in Feb and really should get on it.

So scary! I am sorry!!

Kim

Artblog said...

Fuck...is all I can say for the moment!!! Praying...

Io said...

SHIT dude. I hope the results are on the good side, though it is craptastic either way. Can I threaten to beat up your wild cervical cells, or it that weird?

Kari said...

Hey there, wondered over to your blog and happened to see your post. I found myself in this very spot back in Nov 08...I found out it was Stage 0 cancer and had a L.E.E.P to remove the cancerous tissue. I'll be thinking of you and I hope things turn out better for you!!! Just had a follow up Pap and still came back abnormal but not NEARLY as bad....best of luck to you! take care :)

MrsSpock said...

Oh shit! I hope to hell it isn't cancer! Please, someone cut this woman a break.

Katie said...

As always hun, you are in my thoughts. I really hope everything turns out OK.

Must go watch video's now....

chicklet said...

Jesus lady, you are like crazy prone to having things go wrong and having to have tests tests tests. Wishing you lots of luck with it all, and hoping this is just another "fun" exercise for you.

emilythehopeless said...

my commenting has suffered since getting my blackberry.. i am reading.. and sending tons of hugs and good vibes your way. i just can't believe all this.. when will you get a break!??!

Kerry said...

That sucks!!!! Hoping for the best posible results for you.

Misty Dawn said...

Geez that stinks Nancy.

((((((HUGS)))))))

Michelle said...

Damn girl...when do you get a a break??? I hope it's not cancer but if it is that your treatment gives you excellent results. It sounds like your doctor is definately on top of things with you which is excellent!! You've got me on the edge of my seat wondering what's happening next with you :( I hope you get good news today (And I hope they call you today and not make you wait till Monday or Tuesday for that matter!)