Yesterday Dr Simpson called. I stood by the kitchen sink and concentrated on breathing as she said hello and asked me how Indi was doing. I was prepared to hear the worst. See, along with the leg Dr Simpson also removed a swolen lymphnode and all week I’ve been waiting to hear how the biopsy went. Turns out I had nothing to fear. The lymphnode was clear. No cancerous cells were found. I exhaled.
About an hour later she called me back. Oh, god, I thought. She made a mistake. Read me the wrong report. Got Indi’s lab results mixed up with another dog’s. I prepared for another heart break. But it was good news again! The margins were clear. For those of you who are new to cancer terminology (as I am) this means that the soft tissue around the top of the leg where it was removed From Indi’s body is clear of cancer. Clear margins paired with a clear lymphnode equal AWESOME news. It means the difference between having Indi with me for a few more months versus a couple years.
Now, cancer, being the beast that it is, can still be there in her body. It could be so small we can’t see it. Or it could be somewhere we have not looked. That said, not seeing any right after surgery is a huge deal and I’m happy. Let the healing continue.
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