My only thought up until now has been what a sad and unfortunate coincidence it is that Dori and I both developed thyroid cancer. At least that was my thinking up until yesterday…and then WHAM!, to my absolute surprise and major disappointment, I learned that my oldest daughter, Janina, was found to have three thyroid nodules on screening ultrasound – two of which need to be biopsied. All I can think of at the moment is ENOUGH ALREADY!
Aside from being a truly amazing daughter, granddaughter, goddaughter, mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend, Janina is, without a doubt and hands-down, the best person I know. Everyone around her would agree. She’s the rock of the family, the go-to person, the first one to volunteer, the one you can always count on, the caretaker, the shoulder to lean on; and she does all of this willingly, unselfishly, and as if it comes naturally, which I’m sure it does, at least for Janina.
So the day before my surgery, she will undergo biopsies of her suspicious nodules. I’ll be there with her, as she was for me, and pray that they are benign. But no matter what, we are a family, together we are stronger, and we will get through this difficult and somewhat surreal time in our lives. And as Forrest Gump said so well…"That’s all I have to say about that”.
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.