The path of least resistance: making treatment decisions

When something goes smoothly, it often means it's the right thing.

When something goes smoothly, it often means it's the right path.

I was thinking about my topic today and came up with this: Sometimes its best to go on the path of least resistance. In hindsight, it seems clear to me regarding past love relationships. They say you need to work at relationships, but when you’re working all the time, it’s not meant to be. For me, the ones that seemed hard or the timing was wrong were the ones that didn’t work out. 

When I met my husband Mike, however, I was shocked how easy it was. We had so much in common, I thought he was just saying he liked things I did just to win me over. And I didn’t have to nag him into spending more time with me or to make a commitment; he wanted to!

I’m finding this is true regarding whether to have surgery or do the Selective Internal Radiation Treatments (SIRT). I met with the interventional radiologist in Cincinnati yesterday and was extremely impressed. We were taken in immediately and the nurse spent almost an hour with us, clearly explaining the procedure and answering our questions. She was warm and caring.

The doctor came in and also gave us our full attention and his reasoning why he thought SIRT was right for me. He even used the word, “excited” about the nature and position of the tumor, which would make the treatment most likely to be effective and targeted to the tumor.

We talked about insurance, and it looks like ours is most likely to cover it. Also, they are usually busy doing the procedure, but have a little lull, which means I could get it done quickly.

This is opposite from our experience in Louisville. We went down there after being told that I was a perfect candidate for SIRT, then found out they rather do surgery instead. We had an extremely long wait and then discovered their practice was in a contract dispute with our insurer so nothing would be covered. Surgery recovery would be six weeks with a four-day hospital stay. SIRT is an outpatient procedure with a week-recovery. Not to mention the two-hour drive to Louisville!

What’s really amazing is that after coming up with this topic, I turned to today’s reading in the Daily Word, a publication of daily devotions. It read: “I am empowered by love, yet able to yield when nonresistance is the best course of action.” I guess God is confirming to me I’m making the right decision.


  1. Sam Elliston
    Aug 22, 2010

    Looks to me as though all is in perfect alignment, incuding your choice of a topic before looking at the Daily Word- yee ha!

  2. tamilb
    Aug 20, 2010

    To answer your question, Debby, surgery is still an option in the future. I’m not ruling it out; but I’m going to try this first.

  3. Marina
    Aug 20, 2010

    I’m so glad that SIRT turned out to be an option for you.. In this journey, I’ve been told (probbly by you too) to go with your gut.. and seems like this is the way to go!! Good luck and I really hope this does the trick!!

  4. Debby
    Aug 20, 2010

    Can you still have surgery later if needed? Does one preclude the other? Anyone would say to take the less invasive!!!! Especially if you have the other as a fallback. I went with an “experimental” proceedure for a reconstruction issue. While not exactly the outcome I had hoped for it is better and I am happier. Not a great analogy I know – one is appearance, the other, life. It still takes a leap of faith to step out of the box. But you are smart and very well read. Go with your gut. With great risks come great rewards. Good luck and God go with you.

  5. Suzanne Lindley
    Aug 19, 2010

    I’m so glad that your appointment in Cincinnati went well!!! That’s the way it should be. Even if your insurance doesn’t quickly approve….an appeal will generally get the job done. Thinking of you as you make your next decisions!

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