Sunday, 25 September 2016

The pathology

So here's the story about the pathology.

People keep asking how they could have got it wrong. The thing is they didn't - at least not completely.

The pathology from the original biopsy gave the diagnosis of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). The pathologist was certain. Once the tumour was removed and sent for analysis it came back benign (amazing). John started work with the head and neck surgical team the Monday following my surgery (crazy huh?) and was in the team meeting that morning where my case was discussed. The tumour was an Adenoid Cystic pleomorphic adenoma. A very uncommon benign tumour that has histological features that look exactly the same as ACC! The last one documented was back in 2003. The hospital will use it as a great learning case for all their trainees going forward and it will be presented and published.

So whether you believe it was an honest mistake or a miracle is up to you. Personally, I'm going for miracle!

And I'm grateful. Grateful for the experience (even though it was really hard for a while) and grateful for the way it has changed us.

1 comment:

  1. No question this was a miracle. We've seen them before in our family, we recognize the Lord's hand! We're so happy for you Rachel....Uncle Bill and Aunt Loraine