I saw the surgeon today and everything is good. He said the biopsy came back fine and the tumor was benign. (HUGE sigh of relief) I was in intense pain yesterday thru this morning, but after he removed the drain and the big heavy bandage, I felt MUCH better. He said he'd put all the stitches on the inside, so they'll disolve on their own and he expects little or no scar even.
Its amazing to see my (flat) neck again after having that big ol' hump on it for so long. ;o) He said the incision was about 5" long, and because my skin had expanded so much over the hump, he had to remove a lot of excess. Gee, no wonder my neck hurts. LOL. The "steri-strips" (?) over the incision are water-proof so I can shower and wash my hair again, thank goodness. I imagine it'll take a few weeks for the muscle to recover and the pain to be totally gone, but that is ok. I am relieved and happy this is over now.
Party Music, I am so sorry you are facing surgery... and that yours will cause permanent damage. That is terrible for you to deal with. I will be sending lots of prayers your way.