Quick Update

Quick Update

Happy Tuesday ladies. I received a call from my thoracic surgeon yesterday and want to share it with you. It’s always unnerving to answer your phone and hear your doctor’s voice on the other end. The last time that happened I got some very frightening news.

Last week, I masked and gloved up to go to the hospital for a contrast MRI of my chest, so I was expecting the call. There were signs out front announcing that no visitors were allowed in the hospital. It makes me so sad to think of sick patients who can’t see their loved ones!no visitor sign in front of a hospital

Orange cones blocked the entrance and funneled me to a podium near the door. A masked and gloved guard asked my name and why I was there. After he checked his list, I was approved to walk 10 feet further into the building where three masked nurses rechecked that I was scheduled for an appointment. This was seriously spooky.jennifer connolly of a well styled life wearing face mask

Long story short, I do not have a tumor between my lungs! The surgeon called it a fatty cyst. I have never felt so lucky to have something fatty and wept on the phone. I don’t need a followup and she doesn’t want to see me again. How lovely!!

I’m beyond appreciative of your thoughts and prayers which I know are helpful. I’m not totally out of the woods because my insurance company has denied approval for the breast MRI the doctors need me to have. My doctor is referring me to a breast specialist to see if a request from them will help. I will be so glad when this is all over.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ll never know how much your support, love, and prayers mean to me.





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  1. suzanne
    June 13, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    so glad to hear this news.

  2. P Sledge
    April 23, 2020 / 7:55 pm

    Thank goodness! And thanks for letting us know. Hope your insurance problem is solved quickly.

  3. Deanna in Victoria, BC
    April 22, 2020 / 10:58 am

    sweet, sweet relief… from my house to yours…virus free…and delivered with a virtual hug

    • Jennifer
      April 22, 2020 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much

  4. Miriam
    April 22, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Thank you for sharing with us! Continued prayers for you and know that we are with you in spirit!

  5. Susan
    April 21, 2020 / 8:19 pm

    So glad to hear that wonderful news!!!

  6. Heidi Davis
    April 21, 2020 / 5:50 pm

    I’ve had to wait for that scary doctor call, too. Jennifer, I got teared up when I read your news today. So glad for you!

  7. Lori
    April 21, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    Praise the Lord!!!

    What wonderful news!!

    I will pray your MRI will be approved right away and you will get excellent results from that as well.

    • Stacey
      April 21, 2020 / 6:17 pm

      Oh Jennifer, I am so happy to hear your great news! I love your blog and follow it faithfully.

  8. Carolynne
    April 21, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    That’s wonderful ewes, Jennifer. I know what that feels like to get a call directly from the doctor. Praying you’ll be approved for your MRI soon. ( that is not one of my favorite tEsts, but you get through it)

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 8:07 pm

      I’m claustrophobic so they’re scary but I’m happy to have as many as I need to get a clean bill of health

  9. Marie Tomlinson
    April 21, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Wonderful news

  10. Janne Bradley
    April 21, 2020 / 3:06 pm

    So pleased for your good news. It is so scary waiting for news like that. Also going into the hospital getting checked is very daunting but also good they are keeping everyone safe.

    I go to the hospital every week for chemotherapy and they have devised a plan for cancer patients not to go through with general public, we have to go to the basement level 1 and meet a nurse who checks us in and a few health checks and then we get escorted to chemo ward in a staff lift. They have also split the staff and patients into 2 separate wards so if one staff member in the team goes down there will still be a second team able to administer our treatment.

    I am feeling very grateful to be kept as safe as possible and also grateful you are clear, such great news.

  11. Jennifer
    April 21, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    Hooray on the fatty cyst! Was praying for you. So happy for you! Hope you get the testing you need.
    As a Canadian health care worker, I caution your readers on having any misconceptions about our “free” and wonderful health care. Its certainly not free; 40% of our taxes goes towards health care. You won’t go bankrupt getting health care here however you could become an opiod addict waiting 12 to 18 months for your “rationed” knee or hip replacement. You could deteriorate, or die, waiting 6 to 12 months just to see a specialist, then another 6 months to get a CT or MRI. Its a slow and inefficient system. If you have a heart attack, you will get quick care….. But something non life threatening? Be prepared to “wait your turn” 6 to 12 months. Just keeping it real. No utopia here folks.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 8:05 pm

      I do know that about the Canadian system. My brother waited a year to be seen for his problem then another year for the testing. Thanks for being here

    • Susan
      April 21, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      Hi Jennifer. Your story about the Canadian health system can pretty much be echoed by any country with supposed ‘free health care’ and should be a warning to Americans believing politicians who tout ‘free health care for all’. Nothing is free. Luckily in Australia we have 2 systems private and public. Everyone has free public hospital care but you can also pay for private health care as well which bypasses waiting lists for elective surgeries. It is also easy to get any sort of imaging, MRIs etc if you want it. Those on low incomes (or aged pensioners) pay nothing, whilst the rest of us pay a contribution. My sister (an American) was gobsmacked when she went to my local GP in Oz, asked for a referral for an MRI of her leg, was given one and the next day shehad the MRI- total cost $180 (Aust) I pay $350 for my Breast MRIs (usually with a 2 day wait). Whilst I wouldn’t want to be a public hospital waiting list for elective surgery, I really cannot fault Australia’s system.

  12. Kathy L
    April 21, 2020 / 2:56 pm


  13. Ruth torphy
    April 21, 2020 / 1:45 pm

    Wonderful news 🌞

  14. Barbara
    April 21, 2020 / 1:39 pm

    That’s wonderful news – so happy for you. You are my favorite blogger and I look forward to reading your posts each day.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you Barbara xx

  15. dee driscole
    April 21, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    So happy! prayers really the best medicine

  16. Kathy
    April 21, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    I was almost afraid to open this post but was so glad to learn about your good news! Keep smiling!

  17. Debbie Z.
    April 21, 2020 / 12:28 pm

    I am so thrilled to hear it is only a fatty cyst! You have been on my mind ever since I read about your medical issues. May your breast testing results be equally as benign. You are so dear to all your readers and you are loved and respected more than you can possibly know. Take care, dear lady.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:59 pm

      You are all so dear to me too. Thank you Debbie. Be well xx

  18. Kay
    April 21, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    Hooray for things fatty!

  19. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    April 21, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    On a grey day in PDX, you sent a ray of sunshine. Such joyous news, and how glad I am for you.
    Don’t start me on the subject of ins. companies. They make insane profits and yet make it difficult to get necessary, potentially lifesaving test.
    I read the comment from Canada , and their system. I have some experience with it, since all my remaining close family lives there. I agree with her that it isn’t perfect, but it is sure better than what we have. We need better here, and fast.
    Keep on smiling……know you have a huge cheering section.
    Best wishes;

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:58 pm

      Thanks so much Penny xx

  20. Susan B
    April 21, 2020 / 11:57 am

    I got a lump in my throat over your great news! I’ve been thinking of you often over the last several weeks and was hoping you’d receive good news. I can only imagine the relief you are feeling.😘😘😘

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:57 pm

      I cried until I laughed. It feels like a miracle. Thanks so much

  21. Becky
    April 21, 2020 / 11:29 am

    Wonderful news! Thank you for the update.

  22. Jen
    April 21, 2020 / 11:25 am

    Oh, that is such good news. You’ve been on my mind and I’m glad your doctor was able to put you at ease. Stay well! Xx

  23. BethW
    April 21, 2020 / 11:24 am

    What wonderful news! I pray that you are approved by the insurance company quickly for your additional test and it shows good news as well.

  24. Val
    April 21, 2020 / 11:23 am

    Great news. The feeling of relief is wonderful, speaking from experience.
    Very happy for you

  25. Beverly
    April 21, 2020 / 11:11 am

    Such wonderful news, Jennifer! Thank God, no tumor. Blessings.
    I hope the insurance people will come around for your MRI.

  26. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    April 21, 2020 / 10:45 am

    G-R-E-A-T News! Hang in There!

  27. Judie
    April 21, 2020 / 10:38 am


  28. Elizabeth
    April 21, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Wonderful news!!!!

  29. Susan R
    April 21, 2020 / 9:57 am

    So happy your news was good! No way let the insurance company deny you what you need! Try ( or have dr try) different codes. Can make all the difference. Keep fighting. We’re all rooting for you!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks Susan. We’ve been turned down for two codes but the fight goes on

  30. Virginia
    April 21, 2020 / 9:46 am

    So glad the news is good! Thinking of you and wishing you well!

  31. Kathy
    April 21, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Happy Dance! I am sincerely overjoyed. Take care and thank you!

  32. Julia
    April 21, 2020 / 9:14 am

    Jennifer, what wonderful news! Prayers answered! Will be praying for you and your upcoming procedure but you can now sleep and breathe much easier.

  33. Dawn
    April 21, 2020 / 9:05 am

    Jennifer, your good news made my day!! I am so happy for you! Your online girlfriends are all pulling for you. One down now, one to go. You are always a bright spot during my mornings, and going forward you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. 🤗

  34. Barbara Shapas
    April 21, 2020 / 9:00 am

    So happy for the good news about the cyst, and now on to the next fight! I’m always saddened by thoughts of those people who don’t have a support system or can’t advocate for themselves when it comes to insurance company issues. Especially if someone is so very sick that they just cannot deal with all the hoops insurance companies make us jump through.
    Stay strong and be well. You’re in my thoughts. <3

  35. Linda Henderson
    April 21, 2020 / 8:58 am

    Such good news! Stay well and strong. I enjoy your blog.

  36. Lori
    April 21, 2020 / 8:49 am

    Thank goodness! This is truly wonderful news! I am so glad to hear that you checked out a-ok.

  37. Janet
    April 21, 2020 / 8:48 am

    I’m so glad for you. What a relief! Thanks for sharing the good news.

  38. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    April 21, 2020 / 8:42 am

    What wonderful news! Our prayers have been answered! Now we continue until the breast MRI issue is also resolved.

  39. Francesca
    April 21, 2020 / 8:41 am

    Fantastic, wonderful news Jennifer, so very happy for you and yours! Thank you for sharing, your health has been much on my mind.
    Vacation planning time I think! Somewhere truly gorgeous…

  40. Ann
    April 21, 2020 / 8:37 am

    Wonderful news! Prayers continue …

  41. Eileen
    April 21, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Thank goodness, what a relief! I was so worried for you, and with all the hospitals working so hard, it must have been a super frightening day, i can’t even imagine. Deep breath, and maybe a long walk outside if possible ( carefully of course), or a long nap. Thanks for the good news.

  42. Lauryn
    April 21, 2020 / 8:30 am

    Wonderful news Jennifer! Good luck with the breast MRI.

  43. Cynthia
    April 21, 2020 / 8:29 am

    How wonderful! News like this makes so many other problems seem trivial. Here’s hoping your insurer will listen to the experts!

  44. Ellen
    April 21, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Praise the Lord and pass the gravy! Great news!

  45. Ann M
    April 21, 2020 / 8:07 am

    What wonderful news – thrilled for you! Gah, the health care system in this country…

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:53 pm

      You have that right. The insurance companies make things so hard.

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