Friday, October 7, 2011


Teratoma... something I saw on the Discovery Health Channel once... something that is now living in my body! About two weeks ago I had been having some abdominal pain. I thought of many things that it could be... ovulation pain(do you get that? I know I do!), maybe a bladder infection(never had one), possibly even really bad gas...LOL. I went to my doctor who ran my urine and blood, all they told me was that I was still anemic, which was odd because I take two iron pills a day. After poking around in my stomach, the doctor suggested that I might have an ovarian cyst and sent me to the local ER.

Get to the ER, they run the same tests all over again and don't find anything. So they prep me for a CT scan. An hour later the doctor comes in and tells me I have a 4 inch Teratoma on my right ovary and I've had it for months! It's also one of the reasons why I still slightly anemic, I guess it's absorbing some of my blood... yikes!

They refered me to the Center for Gynecologic Oncology and I have an appointment this Monday. So I am definitely standing in the need of some prayer... I know my God is a healer! But I must admit that this is all very scary for me, I've never had any major health complications other than Hypertension and I've never had surgery before.

I'm at a new school and a new grade level and if you're anything like me, you hate missing days of school! I emailed the parents of my students and they have all been very supportive, one even offered to run errands for me and cook for me so that I can have a speedy recovery (cried when I read that one).

So that's where I've been... adjusting to my 3rd graders(who I love), bonding with my teammates (who are super and keep me laughing) and carrying around a tumor that is named Sha'Qwan Tyrone Watkins (my teammates name him)!


  1. It is a good thing that you found out what it was. Now you can look forward to getting rid of it and being healthy. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Take good care of yourself. Mary at

  2. Wishing you a speedy recovery!! GOD is able!!!

  3. Well wishes and prayers being sent your way!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  4. Wanted to let you know I had something very, very similar several years ago, and I am praying for you!

    Love your blog and resources btw!

  5. You are the best there is...for the kids and for all of us. God will take care of you. Prayers being sent your way.

  6. Don't know how I missed this post. I've been thinking about you! I know you'll be glad to be done with Sha'Qwan! LOL


  7. I am new to your blog, but I am very drawn to the things you are doing. I hope all is well with your health; you are certainly on my prayer list. I spent 6 months in bed last year (my poor students had 16 different subs), and I know how painful it is to be away from the munchkins! It is obvious they are very blessed to have you as their teacher, but remember to take extra care of yourself so that you can be all you need to be for them!