I just got back from my follow-up visit to the surgeon and the biopsy results are in. I'm happy to say that they were negative and while I had a large tumor, it wasn't cancerous.
*does happy dance*
Instead, it was a "fibroma of lip and buccal mucosa." (Warning: gross pictures if you click the link! Mine looked like the first one.) Now, I'm sure you're asking the same thing I did. "What the hell does that mean?"
It seems I bit my lip or damaged it somehow (I don't remember biting my lip, but I don't want to hear any jokes about oral sex!). When I did, I tore up a spit gland. It got infected and sealed over - which caused a blister/tumor thing. It had to be removed surgically though since there's no other way to get rid of them, so I'd have ended up in oral surgery anyhow.
While I want to kill my regular MD who told me, "I'm a betting man and I'd bet you even money that that is the beginning stages of oral cancer," there is one truly funny part. The MD warned me that if the tumor "popped" then we were in real trouble. And it just kept popping. Why?
Because I quit smoking and was using the gum. Which produced more spit. Which grew the blister/tumor each time since it was located over a spit gland. I knew quitting smoking was bad for your health, but no one listens to me... *laughs*
So all's well that ends well. I truly appreciate all of the support and encouragement I got from visitors around the nation. It was a really scary thing to endure, but all of your well wishes made it that much more bearable.
So thank you, dear readers, for being the wonderful, compassionate, caring individuals that you are. And thanks to Alex for taking charge of the blog while I was out playing John McCain. I appreciate all of you and I'm sending you virtual hugs!