I make it a point to tell my kids that I love them, often. I want them to always know they are loved and to always feel safe talking to me about anything.
In October of this year, I had an MRI scan of my abdomen and the radiologist was pretty positive that they found a tumor on my small intestine....
They sent me to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and I was seen by the top surgeon who treats tumors on the small intestine. The day before, I had a CT scan done so that they could get better pictures.
I was SO nervous to see the doctor and to get the CT scan results. Waiting for my appointment to come was torture, as I had no idea what my future looked like. Luckily, once I met with the surgeon, she had went over the CT scan results with me and assured me that it was not a tumor and that I was fine.
I was thrown from a car 27 years ago, and apparently, when you have a strong blow to the abdomen like I did, it's not uncommon to have part of your spleen break off.
So, what they thought was a tumor, was actually a piece of spleen that broke off from the main spleen. It's got it's own blood supply and everything. I never knew that had occured during my accident until all of this happened.
I am EXTREMELY grateful that I don't have cancer and was so happy to get this news. However, when a scare like this happens, it really makes you examine your life and remember what is most important.
For me, my family and friends are the most important things in my life. You can't take anything with you from this life when you die, except for the relationships that you build and the love in your heart.
My goal for the new year is to cherish each moment and make the most of each moment, keep letting those I love how I feel about them, build stronger relationships, and to life simply.