This pretty much means that Janina has to undergo more radioactive iodine (RAI) than we suspected from before. One of the nodules they thought was in her thyroid was actually a lymph node. The node was so close to her thyroid that they thought it was inside of it. Woopsie.
The plan for her is that she now has to stop taking her Synthroid and begin going hypothyroid. Her TSH will be checked each week, and as soon as she gets to 30 or a little below, she'll be brought in to get the RAI treatment. She'll have to go through the low-iodine diet within the next two weeks. *half-assed cheer* Yaaay...
This is my sister. Janina. The love of my life minus my parents. I can't believe this. I was really hoping and praying that there would be no spread; that this would be an easier ride for Janina. Mom and Michael got the lucky end of the stick. Why not Janina, too? Can't just ONE of us have a more difficult fight? I'd rather that have just been me. Not my sister.
I can't imagine how Mom must be feeling. I know she sounded fine on the phone when I talked to her earlier today, but both of her daughters are having a tougher battle than her. Mom is just like any other mother; she wants her kids to have an easier life than her own. She wants to get the brunt of every attack, no matter the cost to herself. Mom didn't have any spread to other lymph nodes, and her treatments will probably (hopefully) amount to only one. It must really be hard for her watching Janina go through all of this and she can't do anything about it.
I despise watching this happen. I'm so angry at our bodies. What is wrong with us? We have always been healthy people. The only other issue I have ever had in my life is asthma. That's it for me. Mom has always been healthy minus her tachycardia. Physically, we are all pretty healthy. Like Michael told me one day, "Cancer does not discriminate." If only it could just disappear like the plague.