Good news / Bad news (bicycle related...kinda)
Good news: My bride had her surgical staples removed today and received her pathology report. No malignancies detected!! Her Oncologist intends to keep a close eye on her for a couple of years to ensure that nothing develops. She's getting stronger every day and it looks like she'll be around for quite a while yet!! :)
Thank you all very much for your prayers and kind words of encouragement. It was comforting to know that we weren't alone in this sometimes very frightening world.
Bad News: My chances of retiring in my 60's have dried up and blown away. Due to the probability of loosing my Health Insurance either through the imminent demise of my current employer or the most likely case of no more retiree benefits, I've decided to start looking for another job.
With my 41 years of service I qualify for full retirement. I was intending on retiring within the next 18 months anyway so the leaving my present employer part of my future is not much of a change. The change is needing to work until I'm 70 in order to provide my younger than me bride and myself with affordable Health Insurance. If I'm lucky I will find a job in time to maintain continuous coverage. Now I need to learn about resume and cover letter writing and job interviewing and such.
Bicycling related: I also need to forget about all the extended bicycling tours I was going to participate in during the next ten years. :cry: With three daughters just starting out in three different parts of the country, my two weeks vacation from my anticipated new employer won't stretch very far.
Summary: My wife is healthy and we have chosen a path foreward. Things could be a lot worse.