I haven't been very well recently, and this has been the main reason I haven't post on here for a few weeks. I didn't really feel able to post anything else until I was ready to tell you what else was going on in our lives. A few weeks ago, when Jamie was 6 days old, I was diagnosed with a thankfully treatable, curable form of tongue cancer. I had had mouth ulcers for years, had a biopsy on them (which showed that they were just ulcers, most likely caused by stress) and treatment for them 6 years ago, and they almost disappeared once I left teaching fulltime. They flared up again late autumn, which I put down to the stress of the miscarriages. The dentist referred me back to the hospital, and the news wasn’t so good this time. I’ve had biopsies, CT scan, MRI scan etc etc, and will be having an operation to remove the tumour (which is mainly sitting on top of my tongue) tomorrow. I will have to stay in hospital for up to two weeks, but the good news is that the hospital are moving very quickly and the intention of the operation is to cure me, and Southampton General is a great hospital. There may be some radiotherapy afterwards as they are tackling this with both belts and braces, to quote the consultant, to make doubly certain that the cure is complete. I will also probably have to have some speech therapy afterwards as well. As you can imagine, it’s all a shock, but the main reason that my consultant has a policy of getting things like this sorted as quickly as possible is to reduce the amount of time that people have to worry. My parents have come to stay while I’m in hospital to help T with the boys. At least Jamie is too young to realise that anything unusual is going on and Ben is young enough that in another year he probably won’t remember any of this. Being away from them is going to be horrible though, but they will come and see me as much as possible.
So, not the usual jolly news that you might expect to read on my blog, but this blog has always been about my life as well as about my jewellery, and I can't completely separate the two. I will be back soon, but in the meantime, prayers and positive thoughts for me and my family would be very much appreciated.
I will be back soon!