The other day I had occasion to clue someone else in on what's been going on. I'd told her about the surgery before it happened, but realized I hadn't followed up with news about the follow-up treatment.
As I've mentioned, it's always interesting to see where the information takes people. This response just blew me away:
"Glad to hear that the surgery was successful and it is amazing to me that you are being treated for something that just a few years ago they wouldn’t have even known to check for (or had the ability to check). Simply amazing."
How cool is that? And, of course, she's right. So much research has been done, and so many new treatments have been developed, and more are being discovered every year. One perspective might be that the more they discover, the more they can tell you what's not treatable or likely to recur... but I prefer to think about the other end: you can't deal with what you don't know.
In any case, it's awfully nice to have people out there who can see the positives.