It's nice to stop and smell the roses. I just hate when something bad has to happen in order to force you to do so.
When I got diagnosed, I just lived my life as I saw fit. It had to happen the way I wanted it, mainly because if I stopped, then my thoughts would take over and drive me insane. Even now, being post-treatment and living life on a six-months-ahead basis, I still have to keep myself busy at times or else I will daydream myself into an anxious frenzy. There are days, though, when I feel like I need time to just blank out.
What really irks me, though, is that a lot of the time something really bad has to happen to punch you in the gut and make you stop doing what you're doing to think about what's really important. I'm pretty sure that God is trying to tell me to spend more time with family, and really, truly value them. I love my family dearly, and I would do anything for each and every person within my family, but I don't think I appreciate them enough. With my mom getting diagnosed and dealing with her surgery and upcoming treatment, my sister getting biopsied and the rest of my entire family getting ultrasounds of their thyroids, I feel like I really should spend more time with them and talking to them. It's the same feeling with my dad's family, too. They all live in different states minus my dad's sister. It's so difficult to keep in touch with people who hardly live close by. I really need to put forth more effort, and I should. They're family, and I couldn't be here without them (literally and figuratively).
Cherish your family and friends. Whether or not you have been through cancer or any other life-threatening disease or disorder, you should spend as much time with them as possible and love them for who they are. Every moment counts.
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.