It's over. The surgery is behind me. The day came and went just like I hoped it would. Right now, I am in minimal pain and feel like I'm navigating in slow motion -- on the outside. On the inside, I am grateful for having such an amazing surgical team, an incredible family, and such supportive friends, some of whom I've never even met.
The "build-up" to the surgery was the worst part. The imagining of what would happen and how it would happen. Playing out scenarios in my head of what the operating room would be like, what would happen to me during surgery, and how I would feel when I awoke. As you can guess, none of it turned out as I had imagined. It was pretty straightforward and rather uneventful. I did, though, get postsurgical tachycardia, and extreme nausea and vomiting, but the right medications helped with all of that. Twenty-four hours later, I am back in the comfort of my own home.
I'm somewhat tired, and my thoughts seem a bit scrambled, so I'll end the post here...but I'll be back.
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.