The test results that were supposed to come in on Tuesday didn’t get reported to us till Wednesday, but they were positively worth the wait.
The biopsies of both the skin cells and the lymph node that Paul had extracted last week were negative.
The melanoma was completely excised, and it did not spread.
Paul will have more than 20 stitches and a vacuum drain as mementos of his procedure for a few more days, but he does not have cancer.
I don’t tend to believe that “no news is good news,” as a rule, but in this case, “no” was the best news we could have hoped for.
Sometimes no news is just no news. And sometimes we just think there’s no news. Sometimes there’s plenty of news….or there would be, but it’s not getting the coverage or attention it warrants.
PRI (Public Radio International) is addressing part of that problem with its Across Women’s Lives reporting, and they’ve partnered with BlogHer and its parent company, SheKnows Media, to spread the news. In announcing the partnership, Lisa Stone said:
“(W)e are combining PRI’s global hard-news reporting on women and girls with unprecedented social outreach by voices in the SheKnows Media community, so that important coverage of women gets discovered and can make a difference.
“These are stories about women’s rights and issues concerning health, education, wealth, economic development and combating climate change. (Today, only about 24% of all news subjects talk about women in any way, and only six percent of news stories highlight gender in/equality.) (emphasis added)
“We are using the hashtag #womenslives on behalf of this social publishing incubator. And while non-profit PRI’s coverage is funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SheKnows Media is not being paid for our participation. We simply believe in what PRI is doing. And we hope you do, too.”
I do believe in what PRI is doing. I believe that women’s voices need to be heard…by other women, and by men. I also believe that many of the issues that concern women are not exclusively issues for women, and that we can all benefit from expanding the conversation. And as a woman with a voice, and a blog, I have talked about some of those issues here on occasion.
I am excited to tell you that I am a PRI/SheKnows media partner in the #womenslives initiative, and that means I will be talking about these issues and stories more over the next few months. I hope you’ll join the conversation.