Today, my mom and aunt Linda accompanied me to a visit with a doctor who specializes in gynecologic oncology. He confirmed I had a STUMP in my uterine wall. No wonder it was uncomfortable. LOL
STUMP, or smooth muscle of uncertain malignant potential, is rare tumor, and regarded as sub-classification in uterine smooth muscle tumors between benign and malignant characteristics. Because it's rare, it's difficult to really know what can happen in the future. The doctor was very patient and thoroughly explained things as well as carefully answered questions from my family and myself. He did explain there is a chance that a tumor like Hugo can come back either in the same location or potentially my lungs. We agreed that the best course of action at this point is just to monitor the situation by annually getting a x-ray and ultrasound. If it happens, then we will cross that bridge then. For now, I am going to celebrate. Sure, I could feel dismayed that there is something that has to be monitored, but I'm not going to do that. I'm going to continue to focus on healing, getting healthy and getting back to normalcy.
I feel very grateful that when my surgeon recognized that Hugo wasn't quite in his wheelhouse, he referred me to someone who had more experience. He could have just left it at "It's not a big deal" once he read the pathologist report stating it wasn't cancer. He didn't. He continued to advocate for me and look out for me. I had been so frustrated to realize that Hugo has likely been a part of my life for 15 years, based on symptoms, and feeling betrayed by the medical community as a whole. Tonight I can rest easy and truly feel relieved that Hugo isn't in my life any more.