There's a little bit of news that I need to share so you can know what to expect from my blog this week. I guess the last time I fell off the radar I felt really bad for leaving my blog kind of hanging with no word from me. I'm not going to do that again so here it is.
I've been rather open about the fact that about two weeks ago I was diagnosed with a malignant thyroid cancer. Maybe I shouldn't be so open about it, but I guess I'm just an open person. It has really helped to know that there are people out there (even virtually) who care. So thanks for that.
Anyway, on Tuesday, Nov. 9 I'm getting my thyroid removed. I'll be in the hospital for a day or so after so the doctor can monitor various doctorly things. Then, they said I should expect a week to recover. While I'm planning on a lot of downtime, surgery tends to make me very, very ill. The last time they projected a day in the hospital I ended up being there 3 days because I was so violently ill. So, I'm not sure if I should expect a week recovery time or more. Depends on how I come out of anesthesia. Regardless, there will be plenty of book reading done once I get my head on straight, but I doubt there will be much blogging. So, after Tuesday this blog might be pretty dead for about a week, give or take a few days and who knows, I might bounce back faster than I expect.
Best case scenario is that this surgery removes all of my cancer. Then I will just need to deal with a really strict medication regime while they try to regulate my hormone levels to prevent reoccurrence. Worst case scenario is that the cancer has spread into my lymph nodes and I'll need radioactive iodine in 4-6 weeks. That's a 15% chance, so small odds but still bigger than I want. I won't know anything until my surgery when they are poking around in my neck.
So, I'm hoping for the best but preparing myself for the worst.
Anyway, that's what's happening in my world. I'll post a book review tomorrow of The Half-Made World and then things will be pretty silent. I'll try to write a small blurb when I feel good enough about how the surgery went.
I have also been gathering together my "post surgery reading list" which is the following (in no particular order):
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
A Shadow in Summer - Daniel Abraham
The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers (Started)
Avempartha - Michael J. Sullivan (started)
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (started this one yesterday)
The Passage - Justin Cronin (started)
The Company - K.J. Parker
We'll see how far I get on those...
Once again, thanks for all the support. It has been a huge, huge emotional boost for me during a very, very difficult time.