On Tuesday Mark got the results of the biopsy of the tumour. The good news is that it's not cancerous. The bad news is that around 10% of the thing is still in there and it's already growing under the skin that was grafted into his eye area. He has to have another operation. The specialist wants to do it sooner rather than later so we're going to be 'back to square one' farily shortly.
To be honest, we've been through a bit of a gloomy patch over the last few days - which is why I've been commenting but not posting. I keep reminding myself that at least its not cancer, but it's been giving me some sleepless nights and work has been hard.
Today I reached a point where I realised that I really should be counting my blessings....
This afternoon I taught one of my Year 10 (15 years old) Music classes. There is a boy in this group who had a sequence of cancers when he was 7/8 years old. While he survived, many of his vital organs were badly affected by the strength of the treatment that he received. I chatted to his Mum after his performance in the concerts last week and she told that his latest problem is varicose veins in his stomach. He postponed treatment to complete his performance assessment last week; went in for an operation at the beginning of this week; was back in my classroom today to finish off his written assignments and will be back in hospital for a further operation next week. This boy always smiles and never complains. To me - especially with my current preoccupations - he is inspirational.