It seems to me (and probably to you, too) that I've been dealing with mammograms and biopsies since, well, forever. This needless circus has shown me a thing or two. One, the people at my oncologist's office are the best, and two, the people who deal with customers for my insurance company are most decidedly not the best. When even the supervisors cannot handle simple questions, it makes you question how well the company is going to be dealing with anything else. However, I did title this the Good News round-up, so I'd better cut to the chase, right?
With the help of Jamie at my oncologist's office, I finally got my biopsy scheduled at HonorHealth Breast Health and Research Center here in Phoenix. Everyone I dealt with there was friendly and knowledgeable, especially the doctor and her assistant. The three of us spent most of the time during the biopsy laughing and talking.
Dr. Greer told me that she would call me back with the results the very next day by 4 PM, which-- after a couple of months of people telling me they'd call back and then never doing it-- I hoped was true. It wasn't. Dr. Greer called me at 10:30 AM the next day to give me the all-clear! What a relief!
This has been one of those conscious/subconscious experiences for me, and not the first one I've had. On the surface, I haven't been worried about the results of this biopsy, about the chances that I may have cancer again, but I think the worry was bubbling way down deep. After I got that All Clear Call, I suddenly felt worn out. I think I was worrying and not even realizing it.
Now that that's all over, I'm going to take care of things out in the link corral... and then Denis and I are going to celebrate! Yeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwww!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- An unseen Edith Wharton play has been found hidden away in a Texas archive.
- Why the music of reading aloud matter for children.
- Snoop inside Thoreau's journals at this new exhibition.
- A book collector on how many books the bookshelves must give up.
- How Dr. Seuss could simplify boring, wordy documents.
- Take a look at this quiz for women booksellers from a Depression-era newsletter.
- Fifty years ago, two iconic films featured Monument Valley.
- How to annotate the world: a proposal for literary geo-tagging.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A tree fell on the Eastern Shore and unearthed a mystery of the early 1600s.
- The earliest ever homo sapiens discovered in Morocco has forced a major rethink of human evolution.
- Lasers have removed centuries of grime and revealed long-hidden Roman frescoes.
- You will never guess what this $15 costume jewelry ring really is. Wow!
- Preserved remnants of 17th century New York lie under a glass sidewalk in Manhattan.
- A painting found in an Arizona garage may be a Jackson Pollock worth $15 million.
- A man has discovered a historic log cabin hidden behind the walls of his home.
- The world's most ancient crown was found in the Dead Sea.
- Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old tomb with over 300 artifacts inside.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- This bear took an unexpected trip down a waterfall.
- A woman waved at a bear from her car, and the bear's reaction is priceless.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- You may be able to visit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts sometime in the future.
- Some folks in Singapore have taken crochet to a whole new level.
- One of my all-time favorite character actors (who has one of the best names), Slim Pickens.
- Lady Pinkertons, the smart and savvy female sleuths who placed themselves in harm's way to protect America.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- The books that helped an 18-year-old Syrian refugee deal with the horrors of war.
- Have you read the most popular book from the year you were born? (No, but I've seen the movie.)
- Name the author based on the character.
- Here's what the first Harry Potter book looks like from around the world.
- Ten things you probably didn't know about F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The top ten unlikely romantic heroes in fiction.
- Ten works of literary horror that you should read.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!