A little after new years I noticed an odd lump on the side of my face, just forward of my ear. I'd had a cold at the time, so we thought it might have been a related infection.
I went to the doctor, he put me on antibiotics, they didn't reduce the swelling or the pain.
A couple of days ago, he decided to send me to an ENT. The ENT said it -could- be a blockage or stone in one of my salivary glands, but he's not totally sure. I'm going for an MRI on Tuesday to take a look.
Morgan's been very worried about cancer, because it's almost in the exact same spot where they found Dawn's tumor. I'm trying not to go there, but when Morgan was rubbing my neck and found a second lump around one of my lymph nodes...well, it's hard not to think about it.
If it is, I'll fight it. If it isn't, we'll find a way to fix it. I won't accept any other options.
Meanwhile, we also found an odd lump on the neck of Radar, one of our cats. (More specifically, Morgan's cat. He's been her special baby since she lived in Seattle, and they have a truly incredible bond.) After taking him to the vet, they took a sample, and it appears to be lyphoma. We won't know for sure until the results come back, but the Vet was honest with us and said "It doesn't look good."
For now, he's happy, otherwise healthy, and doesn't seem affected by it at all. If Morgan hadn't been reattaching his collar, we'd probably have never noticed it.
So, that's the current state of 2013. I guess we'll see what happens.