I intended to note, in my Yarn Along post, about my niece Rachel. She and her parents learned yesterday that her cancer is, in fact, thyroid cancer -- follicular variant of papillary carcinoma, which, essentially, means that it is a highly curable form of thyroid cancer. She will have surgery again to remove the entire thyroid, and then have radioactive iodine infusion therapy to kill any errant cells (my word, not the doctor's -- I'm very non-scientific). Unfortunately she just started art school to earn a degree in photojournalism, but she has explained the situation to her professors and thusfar they have been understanding. The surgery requires a week at home to recover and the radioactive iodine therapy requires a week in isolation. Hopefully she can work out her assignments and exams. I think the isolation will be hard for her (because she's a very normal 19-year-old girl), but with television and computers and cell phones, how isolated can one really be?
I appreciate all your prayers -- Catholic girlfriends rock the prayer world!