Looking backward + forward

Looking backward to Melbourne
On my last afternoon there I saw this in the window of a bookstore and fell in love with it.

Into the fold : by Tricia Dijkers Kidd
for vessel wednesday

Looking forward to a load off my mind.
This afternoon I went again to a specialist who is happy to interpret from the evidence so far that the mass on my thyroid that first showed up 5 months ago and which I've had biopsied multiple times is
probably more than likely not cancer.
So that's good.

While we looked at the scans on the lightbox she kept going on and on about what an unusual shape it was, how she'd never seen one that shape before and what exceptionally clear images they were. After a while of this I felt like I was in some sort of highly interactive conceptual art gallery rather than a Doctor's rooms.

And it is indeed very much like a sculpture by Jean Arp

Fruit de Pagode 1949
Tate Collection

What can I say but that at least it's gratifying that my mass can organise itself into a complex shape evoking early seminal Modernist sculpture.

In fact I'd be rather disappointed if it hadn't.
You know, if it had just formed into a regular old lozenge or boring old sphere or some such.

So that's also good.

Incidentally there's a charming little story about a small herd of backyard cashmere goats on the knittingdaily blog here.


Blogger Rose Red said...

Very pleased to see the word "not" in front of the word "cancer". That is good.

11 September 2008 at 6:33 pm  
Blogger M-H said...

Glad to read this. Hope we see you at SSK soonish.

11 September 2008 at 7:18 pm  
Blogger MWM said...

oh -sorry to hear that you have been worried with this but soso glad that it is going to be ok...
and also glad that you still have your sense of humor:)
thinking of you.

12 September 2008 at 3:35 am  
Blogger Michele said...

glad to hear and thanks for sharing your good news.

12 September 2008 at 3:51 am  
Blogger Madge said...

Oh, Carson, I didn't know medical stuff was going on. So glad to hear you're okay...you ARE okay, right? (Doctors are worse than racetrack touts for hedging their bets, it seems.)

And, uh, if you remove said mass and put it in a glass of formaldehyde you'll be able to give Damien Hirst a run for his money.

12 September 2008 at 5:01 am  
Blogger Suse said...

Glad you are in the clear - what a long time to be in that kind of limbo.

12 September 2008 at 8:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carson! I had no idea....so glad it's not cancer.

If you want to email me to talk about it...I had the same thing. I was diagnosed in 1999 and had a partial thyroidectomy. Everything healed perfectly.

13 September 2008 at 12:07 pm  
Blogger kgirlknits said...

good news and a big relief, I'm sure. 5 months must have felt like eternity while waiting to hear those words

13 September 2008 at 5:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh! Arn't you exotic!

So glad the news is good, so sorry you must have been worried....

I had a tumour once - they took it out and discovered I had two spleens - count them two - actually they called the remaining one an 'accessory spleen'. Isn't that charming.

Course mine didn't look like an Arp.... I'm quite envious.

16 September 2008 at 2:09 pm  
Blogger Loraine said...

that must have been nerve wrecking for you... i am too relieved!

17 September 2008 at 9:08 pm  
Blogger sooz said...

Crikey. Creative in the extreme.

19 September 2008 at 2:10 pm  
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26 September 2008 at 6:41 am  
Blogger Ashley said...

Carson! Lordy. I'm so glad it's probably more than likely not, and will keep my fingers crossed that they'll tell you soon that it's absolutely definitively not.

But in the meantime I'm going to second the suggestion that you out-Hirst Hirst. Put a tiny shark (embryonic?) in there too and you'll be a millionaire.

2 October 2008 at 11:24 am  

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