Recently, Dori lost a friend to cancer. I cried when I read her post. That’s the funny thing about cancer...you gain - and you lose. You gain the support of so many, as this blog has proven. So many people, some that we will probably never even meet, have rallied together through this blog to encourage us, pray with us, and lift our spirits. Unfortunately, some of those people are cancer victims as well. They have supported us with the same enthusiasm as the others, even though their time with us is short. It’s a tough loss, particularly with the young.
Dori has lost a friend, a fellow online gamer, someone to laugh with, and share stories about their commonality of cancer. As a mother, I think of the other mother and what she must be going through. How many tears she must have shed, nights that she couldn’t sleep, and prayers she must have offered up from the day of her child’s diagnosis until the moment of his death. It’s easy to say, “He’s in a better place”, but I’m sure that every mother can’t help but feel that the best place for her child is within her own arms.
I feel like real slacker for not having posted until now. I can’t believe that in just three days I’ll get my first Thyrogen shot; in four days I get my second shot, and in five days my radioactive iodine treatment. It’s been six weeks since my surgery. Where has all the time gone?! I think I’ve been in a low-iodine funk. I never realized how much I love iodine. I miss my dairy products and my salt. I miss things that I never even thought I liked. It’ll be difficult to keep from going hog wild when I get to go off the diet (this coming Saturday!), but I intend to use some restraint. All in all, the diet is not too horrible, and if it makes for a more successful treatment, then I’ll just have to shut my mouth.
Anna Marie is doing phenomenally well. Just a week status post surgery and she looks amazing. Her scar is healing ever so beautifully – I do believe she got the prettiest one of all.
Janina is fantastic, and pretty much back to her old self. She had her post-treatment nuclear scan on Friday and should get the results this week.
In eight days, my niece will have her surgery. Janina plans to stay with her in the hospital.
We are so lucky to have each other to lean on...another thing that we’ve gained.
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.