I think the hardest part about being diagnosed with thyroid cancer is the tendency to re-live my daughter's diagnosis back in 2006 and subsequent journey with what her doctor calls "persistent and troublesome" thyroid cancer. I can remember saying at that time "why not me?", "please, pick me..not her". I guess I should have watched what I wished for. But believing that everything happens for a reason, and we are where we are meant to be at all times in our lives, I have a strong feeling in my gut that we are on this journey together for a greater purpose.
So far, for me, it has been a whirlwind of events. Visit with my internist with complaints about neck discomfort, subsequent ultrasound, subsequent biopsies, diagnosis of thyroid carcinoma, more subsequent biopsies, scheduling of surgery. That's it in a nutshell.
As I await surgery, I oscillate between feeling positive and negative, courageous and scared to death, supported and very alone. Mostly though, I feel fortunate to have an amazing arsenal of family, friends, physicians and surgeon whom I know will bring me through this unfortunate and rather surreal time in my life.
Like daughter, like mother...it's like deja vu...all over again.
Like Daughter, Like Mother: Our Thyroid Cancer Journey
Behind the Blog
Adelina is a full-time wife, mother, practice manager, and medical transcriptionist. After receiving an ultrasound and countless biopsies, she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer on December 11, 2009. She successfully underwent surgery on December 29, 2009, and had her first radioactive iodine treatment in February 2010. Following treatment, Adelina now sees her doctor once a year for follow-up. She has been doing well, and refuses to let cancer slow her down.
Dori is 26 years old. She was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer at the age of 17 on June 1, 2006, just three days prior to her high school graduation. Dori endured two radioactive iodine treatments and two surgeries to remove her complete thyroid and 39 total lymph nodes from her neck. She is now under close watch by her doctors, and only time will tell if the cancer stays at bay.