My head is still throbbing from yesterday. I can spare you the details since Dori has already shared most of it in her recent posts.
It’s like I said before, “never assume, and expect the unexpected”.
I certainly didn’t expect that Janina’s results would prove to be worse(for lack of a better word) than mine; as was the case with Dori, too. At 53, I’m definitely a lot closer to having reached the age of falling apart, and I certainly didn’t expect to have the least difficult road with regard to this thyroid thing.
But what’s worse than not expecting it, is not wanting it. These are my babies, my girls, my daughters. I’ve lived more life than they have. I’ve dealt with adversity before. I can take this and a lot more too! For Pete’s sake, let the punches be thrown my way, not theirs. Isn’t that what being a mother is all about? Wishing for yourself that which you don’t want to see happen to your children.
I guess for me, that is not to be.
My sister’s biopsy results came in today. All nodes are benign with the exception of one, which is “inconclusive”. Anna Marie will see the endocrinologist tomorrow to find out what happens next.
Had my first followup with the endocrinologist yesterday; and will have my first post-surgical followup tomorrow. RAI in about a month with Thyrogen shots for two days prior.
Sometimes, it doesn’t feel quite real. A matter of too much too soon, I think. It can actually be a little maddening. At times, I have to calm my mind and remind myself that me and my daughters are blessed to be in the hands of such skilled doctors. We each came through a major surgery very successfully. We continue to get up each day and do what we would normally do. We laugh together. We compare and admire each other’s scars. We remind each other that we will be okay.
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.