2009 is over. But the year will live on in my medical history. Whenever I see a doctor from this time forward, I’ll have to indicate that in 2009 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
The big “C” always comes as a shock to people. It’s such a scary word. I can remember really being afraid of that word. Whenever I would meet someone with cancer, either personally or in my profession, I could only but admire their strength, determination, and most of all, acceptance. Acceptance is the most difficult part. But again, that applies to so many things in life. Once we’ve tackled that, the rest seems to follow in a very natural course.
Welcome 2010! I was surrounded by my favorite folks last night as the new year very quietly rolled in. My husband, children and grandson were with me. They prepared a virtual feast. Unfortunately, I could only tolerate a bit of it, so hopefully the leftovers will be around for a few more days. The guys played Risk in the dining room, and the ladies lounged on the sectional sofa and watched movies. Marrin and I drew pictures together and snuggled. Everyone was happy, healthy, and safe. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect New Year celebration.
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.