Happy Friday! Thought I’d write up a quick update on what’s been going on with me and my surgery.
I had a mystery bump on my forehead, I’ve actually had it my whole life. (This picture shows me and my bump as a baby, take a look on the left side of my forehead just above my eyebrow). My parents had doctors look at it as a child, but doctors didn’t want to operate on such a small child for something that wasn’t harmful. They didn’t know what it was exactly, but they knew it wasn’t causing me any health issues.
The bump never bothered me. It didn’t hurt, and as I grew it got less noticeable. In fact elementary school, high school, college, my wedding day…no one ever asked me about it. (Except for any estheticians that waxed or threaded my eyebrows, ha!) I went through life with this bump largely unnoticed. In fact it wasn’t something I ever thought about either. I did have it checked out again in my early 20s, but doctors still didn’t think I had anything to worry about and said if it bothered me I could see a plastic surgeon.
Fast forward to 2015 when Summer was born. After I gave birth suddenly LOTS of people were asking me what it was. Every single day a stranger would ask me what had happened to my forehead, friends I had known for years asked me if I had hit my head, did I feel ok? “I’ve had this my whole life” I would tell friends. They would all point out that until now they had never noticed it. Even my mom told me she thought it was growing. So back to the doctor I went. None of my doctors thought I had anything to worry about, they all assured me if it had been there my whole life it was unlikely to be anything to worry about. This didn’t sit right with me, so I got a second and third opinion. The 3rd doctor agreed that it was unlikely it was anything to worry about, but she wanted to know what it was so she encouraged me to get imaging done.
What the imaging showed was that 1) they still actually had no idea what this bump was, but they believed it might be fat and that the hormones from my pregnancy might have been what caused the bump to grow. And even though they couldn’t tell what this bump was exactly, they really didn’t think it was cancerous. 2) it had been there so long and had been growing so long it was eating away at my skull. In fact it was eating away so much that my entire first layer of bone had been eroded away and this bump was about to hit marrow in my skull. It had to go, especially if I want to get pregnant again.
So on Wednesday I had it removed. I was awake for the whole thing which was weird and cool, and as they went in my doctor was immediately surprised to learn the mass was not fat. They still don’t know what it was. I should know in a week or two when we get a report back from pathology. In the meantime I am very swollen and bruised, but otherwise doing great. Now instead of a bump I will likely have a dent since I don’t have all the bone in my skull. If that’s the case there might be simple things I can do to make it look better like getting a filler.
So, that’s the update on my health! I thought I’d share and also thank you all for the wishes for a speedy recovery on Snapchat. I am excited to heal up soon and share new blog posts once I am! xoxo