I can’t believe this is it. The final countdown. I'm getting butterflies in my stomach as I type this. Am I ready?
The truth is, it doesn't matter if I'm ready or not - it will just happen. Tomorrow will come and I'll have my surgery. Since I was first diagnosed, time seems to have flown by and stood still all at the same time.
At this time, though, I want to thank everyone who has shown me support along the way. You know who you are. Your hugs, thoughts, prayers, calls, cards, text messages, and twitters have meant more than you know—and I mean that. I feel like I have my own cheering section rooting me on to victory. I have drawn so much strength from you. I am overwhelmed by the people who have reached out to me. Some folks I have never even met. It has made all the difference in my journey and reassures me that the things that bind us together are more important than those which separate us.
Today was a rather bittersweet one. Although my surgery will be behind me by this time tomorrow, my oldest daughter, Janina, is awaiting thyroid biopsy results. Today, she had three nodules biopsied and we will know the results on Monday. One day at a time; that's all we can do. I reminded Dori that she has probably saved our lives by her own diagnosis.
I’d like to think that by tomorrow night, I’ll be blogging again, but we’ll have to see about that. I'm sure Dori will keep the blog going and post an update.
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.