I spoke with Dr. Merrell today. He reported that I do have cancer and need to be scheduled for surgery after an office visit.
of course I am eager to do these things.
I asked him when I could return to work- mostly because I want to know how “bad” it is- if I can return to work “quick” it feels “less bad”. I am taking his words and advice to heart.
Please convey to him that I appreciate his direct approach. This is not a reality I wanted to live but since it is the one I am living I want to deal with it head on with all the facts and tools to help me and especially my family deal with this. There is no kind way nor gentle way to tell someone they have cancer in my mind- but he was very compassionate.