The Stories Behind the Scars

I talked to the surgeon yesterday.  And though I still don’t know when the actual surgery will take place, he gave me a little more information.  I have Papillary Thyroid Cancer – which is the best kind of the best kind of cancer.  However, several things in my neck have been affected and they will have to remove my thyroid and many lymph nodes.

The scar will be very large.

I will gladly take it.

We all have scars.  Some from childhood (I have one on my left thigh from crashing my bike into a barbed wire fence in the 3rd grade).  Some from adulthood (I have a few that I’m quite proud of because they are reminders of my girls coming into the world).  Some physical, some emotional, all with their fair share of pain.

I love to hear stories about how people got their scars – and as long as they aren’t too gross, I like to see them.  I don’t like ALL the gory details, but I do like to hear how they got them.

Gerron has a scar on his forehead.  He would never tell me how he got it.  He finally told me after we got married – it was like a little gift for me.  Ha!  (It’s not even that interesting of a story, but he says he got lots of dates because he kept it a mystery.)

What scars do you have?  And are they reminders of pain, or reminders of healing?

I will choose the latter.

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2 thoughts on “The Stories Behind the Scars

  1. Jen,
    I think I have grieved more over your diagnosis than I did my own.
    You are a precious daughter-in-law….We love you so much and we know that God is going to bring you through this. You will find “His grace is enough”….God bless you. I love your blog.
    Patty/Mom

  2. Hey Jennifer,
    I cried when I read Gerron’s post today on facebook. I am praying for you girl. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do for you (meals, babysitting, etc). I pray God will provide much peace and comfort as you go though this. Remember to let Him carry you through this.

    I have a few scars, but one in particular that I would like to share with you. It is located just behind my right ear and goes down part of my neck. One day I noticed a small mass in my face between the ear and chin. It was so tiny and felt like a bone chip. I couldn’t think of any accidents I may have had to have caused this. Since it didn’t hurt and was too small for anyone to notice I did nothing about it for about 3 to 4 years. I then was pregnant with Taylor and every place on my body began to grow, including the tumor growing on my parotid gland. Shortly after Taylor was born I went to the doctor who then sent me to an ENT specialist. He performed a biopsy right there (I received an anesthetic as my biopsy needle was quite large). I felt nothing but pressure. Thankfully, it came back benign; however, the doctor insisted that we remove it immediately as this type of tumor has been known to turn cancerous after 3 to 5 years (remember it had already been in my face 3 to 4 years). After finding out it was benign, the scariest part was knowing that there was a risk of facial paralysis during surgery (kind of like some stroke victims, where only one side of their mouth curves up when smiling). The procedure was supposed to take 30 minutes, but ended up taking 3 hours as the tumor was entangled in numerous facial nerves and the doctor was doing his best not to paralyze my face. I was also very worried about the scar and at times feel self-conscious about wearing my hair up. But then there are other times that I look at the scar in the mirror and am reminded of God’s AMAZING GRACE and how my my benign tumor could have been something so much worse, with side effects much worse than a scar.

    Love ya girl!
    -Melissa

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