I still can hardly believe that 2009 is over. Sometimes it feels like time is going so slowly, but other times it feels like it's speeding by like a whirlwind.
So 2010 is here. A new year. Hopefully a fresh start for my family and I. Even though the whole thyroid cancer fiasco has begun for my entire family, I feel like we're going to be OK.
When my sister got her biopsies, the doctor said that we should see a genetics doctor to discuss whether or not this is a family thing. The one piece of information that startled me was that, if this is genetic, there's a 50/50 chance that any offspring could get thyroid cancer. Wow.
A close friend of mine, Jon, was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He has a tumor suppressant gene mutation, diagnosed as Cowden Syndrome, and there is a 50/50 chance that if he has children, they could get the syndrome.
Mom and I had a conversation on Monday about if thyroid cancer was genetic, and, if it was, would she have had me and my brother, and will I still have children? She said if it were thyroid cancer, yes, she would have still had us. Mom told me that thyroid cancer really isn't life-threatening, as long as it is caught early and closely watched. I wonder, though, what I will do. Would I really refuse my children life because of a disease that very well could not affect them?
I guess that's something I'll have to think about when the time comes. If it ever does. ;)
Anyway, I wish everyone a Happy New Year! And I hope my Florida Gators win the Sugar Bowl tonight! Woohoo!
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.