Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Jim and I went and met with the doctor today to get my results and decide on a plan.  But we ended up leaving without a plan.  Because there is no plan.  Because there is no need for a plan!!!! 

This is not a pre-cancerous cyst, not a cancerous cyst, not even something that could someday turn into cancer.  It's not even actually attached to the pancreas. 

Apparently it's a super rare - like 1% rare type of cyst that happens in the lymphatic system.  Likely a congenital defect that has just over time filled with lymph.  It just happened to find space near the pancreas and settle there. 

I wish I had recorded what the doctor said because I don't remember all the specifics but the take home message was that there is no surgery and nothing really to do with it unless I get really sick in the future.  I feel like the biggest weight has been lifted.  And I feel so free!  No more worrying about surgery or when or whatever.  I still feel nauseas off and on so that's something I have to manage.  Could be because of it's location, being near so many nerves and vessels.  But honestly - a small price to pay.

I'm not sure how I dodged a bullet like this - I can't even begin to express how thankful I am for everyone's thoughts and prayers.  I think I had some powerful angels watching out for me as well. 

Now that the future seems pretty wide open, this scare gave me some perspective.  So as I jokingly told people, my motto is now, YOLO (You Only Live Once), well in this world and this time as far as I know.  So I'm going to try and experience and enjoy this amazing life of mine as much as possible.


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Lindsay Hallman said...

THIS IS AMAZING!! I cannot wait to celebrate tomorrow! CONGRATULATIONS on having the best possibly outcome. Also, congrats on having literally everything else in your body healthy. Couldn't be happier for you and your family!!!!! :) :) :)

Patty said...

Tears of joy for you Lauren. You are young and have a full life ahead of you - keep that new perspective as your guiding light - YOLO!!!!