First of all, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers through this whole "mystery bruise" ordeal. I so appreciate all your words of encouragement.
So. The dermatologist called this afternoon and told me that the "mystery bruise" is actually the weird form of skin cancer (DFSP I think). Again, she told me that I don't need to worry--that this type of skin cancer does not spread anywhere else, but that it can grow pretty aggressively where it's at, so they will need to do something called a Moh's Procedure to make sure that she got every last bit. Basically, with this procedure, they remove a layer of skin at a time, test it, and then continue until there's no trace of the DFSP.
She also told me that most times, DFSP's aren't found until they are like grapefruit sized. Mine was like dime sized, so it was very small, which is great.
So now, the issue is that there are apparently only two people in Oregon who do the Moh's Procedure--one locally and one up on Portland. My derm is now trying to convince the local guy to clear a space for me in the next six weeks or so...otherwise we will have to drive up to Portland and stay for a few days, which would be doable, but just another extra expense that we don't need right now!
I'm actually not freaking out that much--not at all really. I'm just hoping they can get me in soon for the Moh's Procedure. I'm sure the worry will probably come, but right now I feel pretty at peace, and for that I'm thankful.
But in terms of good news, the local radio station called and I'm one of 100 qualIfiers for their huge $3,500 winter contest. I'm supposed to go in Thursday to find out if I won! I don't have high hopes since I just don't win things, but wouldn't it be awesome if I did?!
ALSO, I just got the most amazing package from Dayspring that I cannot *wait* to show you guys!