Today was a great day. I was actually more focused on what to get certain people for Christmas than on my upcoming surgery. I just hate when bad situations consume you, stop you dead in your tracks, and you just can't seem to focus on anything else. But not today. I spent the day shopping with Dori and Merril, racing through the mall, from store to store, level to level, looking for the perfect gifts for some pretty perfect folks. Came home and shoveled two cars out of the driveway and the back walkway. Exercise is the perfect stress reliever!
When I lay my head on the pillow tonight, I'm hoping that all of that shoveling will help me fall into a deep sleep. Sometimes, when the house is quiet with everyone in peaceful slumber, I lie awake and think about what's ahead, or at least what I think is up ahead. I remember what Dori went through and wonder if it will be the same for me. I remember her face when she awoke from surgery, just like it were yesterday. The hours were long and difficult for her, mostly from the effects of the morphine. But by midnight, she was eating Cherrios and we were watching "Rent" on a portable DVD player. I was on one side of her bed, and her older sister, Janina, on the other side. Her guardians of the night. Now, it will be me in that bed, with daughters on either side, not just as my guardians, but as my guardian angels--for only God could have created children as perfect as they.
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.