Thursday, June 28, 2012
A momentous day
The second monumental thing is that my wife had a major scare on her mammogram. She went in for her regular annual mammogram but was told that two more views needed to be done because the radiologist saw a couple of spots that warranted further investigation. She called me to tell me what was happening. After the two additional views and what seemed like an interminable period, the technician came in to say that the radiologist wanted an ultrasound done in a half hour.
So C. waited, talking to me to say that she was trying to think positively and to not have anxiety. You see, she has experience with breast cancer, having been diagnosed in 1995, and having had a mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery then. Fortunately, her cancer was isolated to the breast. Today, the ultrasound showed that the spots were cysts. She will need to have another mammogram in six months but can breath easier tonight. I feel so grateful. I can't help but think it is no coincidence that she received this good news on the same day that health care was made a law. Perhaps other women will be able to get mammograms and have preventive care that will save their lives.
And finally, the small but happy news from me is that I got high marks on the two exams that I took this morning. I have three more exams to take before I can send in paperwork to the Coast Guard for issuance of a 50 ton Master's license.
Whew--a good day in so many ways.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world. ~Pema Chödrön