The bandages are off! Ahh, that feels so much better. I stood in front of the mirror and took a good look and my scar which, at this point, is an amazing array of colors and textures -- red, purple, lumpy, bumpy, not too terribly long, center and just above my collarbone. At first, I felt like the lady in the Beetlejuice movie. Do you remember the one? The smoker with the slit in her throat so that every time she inhaled her cigarette, the smoke would come billowing out of her neck. Fresh incisional scars are not too terribly attractive, but just like everything else, will get better with time.
Finally was able to get down a toasted bagel and some tea that Dori very lovingly made for me. Let's just hope more of it stays "in" than comes "out", if you know what I mean. My appetite is there, but the rest of my body is not being totally cooperative. Marci's Christmas candy is especially wonderful right now, soothing to the throat, and oh so good!
Family and friends are calling and I am basking in the luxury of being loved and cared about. When different members of my family ask what they can do for me, I simply tell them to go get scanned. That would be the best gift of all. So far, a few of them have gone and are awaiting results.
Officially started on my Synthroid today which will become my daily companion. See thyroid, I never needed you anyway.
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.