The day after my rad-onc appointment, my cell phone rings.
“Hi, Heather, This is Dr. Hwang. How are you?”
“Fine,” I say, as I look through the window of door at the San Francisco SPCA, where my daughter Erin is a junior volunteer.
“I thought I’d give you ring to let you know about the pathology from surgery,” Dr. Hwang says.
“Yes?” I say, watching a young woman do agility training with a border collie. “I had my first radiation oncology appointment with Dr. Fowble yesterday. She told me the margins came back clear.”
“Yes,” Dr. Hwang says. “I’m very pleased with the results this time. How are you healing?”
“Fine,” I say. “But there was that one thing on the report, about the pre-cancerous cells that the pathologist saw. Should I worry about those?”
“No,” Dr. Hwang says.
“Because they’re not cancer!”
I guess she’s got a very good point there, but still …