Queen Mary’s Hospital to tell me the scan had shown there was a benign tumour in my brain which needed to be removed. This made for an interesting flight to China (especially since my headphones didn’t work, meaning I couldn’t watch any films, and nor did my overhead reading lamp, which meant I couldn’t read – so twelve hours was a long time to contemplate the news that I had a tumour in my head)! Even if it was benign!
Since returning from China I have had numerous outpatient appointments at Kings College Hospital, and have been told that surgery could take place in late December. I am very blessed to live so near Kings College, which is one of the best centres in the world for neurosurgery – but the prospect of having my brain rummaged about in – even by people who are very good at this sort of rummaging – is still disconcerting!
Which brings me round to the connection with Jesus’ mother, Mary. I must make it clear that the disruption to Mary’s life was far greater than my own current medical situation – she faced the stigma of pregnancy outside of marriage with the consequent possibility of rejection by Joseph –