Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tears are a fact of life in my business. Parents cry when I tell them their child has cancer. Children cry when they undergo painful procedures. We all cry when a child dies.
But sometimes the tears are tears of joy.
Jade came to my clinic for another opinion. She has a benign tumor, but it's in a bad place. As I have shared before, sometimes it isn't better to have a "benign" tumor. In order to remove Jade's tumor, she would need disfiguring surgery. She and her father were told there was no choice.
Thankfully, they were told wrong.
Even though Jade's tumor is benign, it can be treated with chemotherapy. It's a small tumor, and it's not causing her any symptoms right now. Even if we can't make it go away, if we can keep it from growing, she will be fine.
After discussing her options, I asked Jade and her father if they had any questions. Her father started crying, and then Jade did, too. They were so relieved to have non-surgical options!
How nice to make someone cry tears of joy for a change.
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