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A bit of good news

This is about the gardener, not the garden. Got me annual head check yesterday and nothing has changed! For those hoping for an improvement, I apologize... Four years down, one to go. If after five years there has been no growth, then I'm on a "maintenance" schedule and all I have to do is carry an emergency card in my wallet in case I get knocked unconscious or something. That way the ER docs won't freak when they take pix of my head and see ol' Roger Rathke's cleft cyst in there and put me on unnecessary chemo, or radiation, or surgery, or something. So, no change can be a good thing! :wink:
Happy Gardening!
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Gosh Wing, that's not good news, that's wonderful news!!! I'm sooo happy for you!! Please continue to stay well and keep healing! :)

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That sounds like great news. :D
I didn't know you had anything wrong with you! :shock: Must have all happened before I joined this forum....You've got a what in your head Wing?

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Great news to hear!
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"You've got a what in your head?" I get that a lot... :lol: I can laugh about it now, but four years ago it was panic attack city. Hey, at least I have MRI's to prove I have a brain...even if it is shrinking...
It's called a Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC), one of three types of pituitary cysts/tumours, and if you're gonna have one, better to have this one. They're usually discovered by accident, looking for something else (aneurysm in my case--didn't have one of those, thank God). Less than 400/year are diagnosed in the U.S. I've had to print out info for my docs so they know what to expect or look for with me. Fortunately, my spine surgeon has treated other RCC patients in his practise, let's hear it for the old guys--they know stuff! I was probably born with it and I'll probably die with it, but not from it. There are various signs and symptoms, and some of them may not present until after the thing is removed, which is why it's like Damocles' sword--always present but usually not causing any trouble--just THERE. So, that's the short, non-technical version. I've learned many new medical words just to communicate with the docs, but I guess we've all had to do that at one time or other. Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate it. This place makes my day. :D
Happy Gardening,
Wing

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