Oh my stars, I can breathe again.
The pathology from the thyroid biopsy is in and all indicators are that it’s benign. A hyperplastic nodule is the official term. Quoting from the report on my 2.7 cm solid lesion (ewww, lesion’s a gross word) in the left lobe of the thyroid gland:
The specimen shows low but marginally adequate material for assessment, with good cytopreservation. The specimen is composed of several clusters of microfollicular thyroid tissue, predominantly contained within the cell block material. The lining follicular epithelial cells have a cytologically bland appearance [BLAND!? I’m cytologically bland?! If I wasn’t so relieved, I’d be offended]. The features would be most consistent with a benign thyroid lesion, possibly a component of a hyperplastic nodule. There is no cytological evidence of atypia or malignancy in this material.
So, the next step is probably to treat it with thyroid medication to see if that will shrink it. But I can also just leave it alone. Surgery isn’t required.
I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of A Christmas Carol. Be careful if you see me, I may just give you a big wet sloppy kiss.
So thank you to St. Blaise, patron saint of the thyroid, all my lovely bjournal readers, tweeps, facebook friends, and of course real live in-person friends and family. Thanks for being there through my crazy this past month.
MWAH!!! (Ha! Gotcha!)
St. Blaise is the patron saint of the thyroid? My dear beloved husband – who died in an accident six years ago on Sunday – is Blaise. I’m not sure he knew what a thyroid was, as the term didn’t usually come up when golfing or installing voice mail systems (his two main pastimes) but I am so happy for you with your good news, and it tickles me pink that St. Blaise is the patron saint of thyroids! How wonderful! Hugs and kisses!
@Barb How wonderful. I had no idea. Yes, I know a 5-year-old by the name of Blaise so I made sure to rub his head at church last week. Thanks for your pink-ness!
I told you.