Using that word again, I'd like to reflect on that important word again, only given a different context.
Reasons I have felt gratitude in the past two weeks, but especially the last 24 hours:
- after 57 years of time in the sun, this summer I decided to have an entire body scan done by a dermatologist, and they found two issues that needed to be dealt with immediately
- having lunch with a friend who held my hand when I first got the news and heard the words "basal cell skin cancer"
- the nurse who shared the pathology results with me via phone - everyone should have such a kind, patient person to walk them through the "what's next" steps
- the friend and colleague who never batted an eyelash when I let her know I couldn't present with her at a district leadership meeting (just found out today she did 3 sessions by herself!!!)
- the cards, emails, and texts I received with handwritten thoughts of support
- the same friend who held my hand when I got the news insisted she be with me today during the procedure even though I technically didn't need anyone to drive me to and fro. I needed her support more than I realized and am so grateful she got her way on this one :)
- the first nurse I met today who babbled about her growing up years while the doctor removed the spot on my face to distract me because she saw tears leaking down my face
- the doctor who had such steady hands and just called to check on me ten minutes ago
- the second nurse I met, who immediately told me they got it all on the first try, and then oh-so-gently put my gauze packing in place until I go back for the stitches tomorrow morning
- the advancement of science to know that this issue has a incredibly high cure rate when dealt with as mine was
- the ability to take a two hour nap afterward and wake up refreshed from all the stress preceding
Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting us on Tuesdays -- I'm delighted to be continuing my membership in this writing community that meets every week for Slice of Life Tuesday.