We still live! It's been so long since Mom and I have updated the blog, mainly because we both have been so incredibly busy and there hasn't been much to update you all on. But, let me do my best here:
My cousin had her biopsies, as I stated in my previous post. Her biopsies came back BENIGN! We all were so thrilled to have that news. Believe me, it was an excruciating wait but the results were worth every second. She's definitely the happiest out of all of us! ;-)
Mom, Janina, Aunt Rea, Melissa and I are all doing fine. Everyone is back in the swing of things, from what I understand. All of their scars look amazing! Our surgeons rock the house. Mom and Janina are just playing the Waiting Game right now. Since they both had RAI treatment, they have to wait a certain amount of time before they find out if the RAI killed off the rest of the cancer. Unfortunately, they'll probably be waiting another three months, give or take. RAI works in the body for a good 6 months to a year after dosed. While that's a long time to rid oneself of cancer, it's another story having to wait to see if it actually did its job. We shall see. Let's hope for the best for them both.
I graduate from college later today. 10am to be exact. I can't believe it, really. It's almost surreal. I crossed the same stage when I graduated from high school, just three days after finding out I had thyroid cancer. Even then, I was wondering how I would juggle cancer and college. It was unreal to me that this was happening to me. I was celebrating with friends, happy and proud of all that we had accomplished together. Then I get the news that I never thought I would receive. I never truly had a break during my college career, but it has all been worth it. I'm still healthy; missing some organs, but still healthy, nonetheless. ;-) And, to top it all off: I'm graduating on time! No five-year plan for this stubborn woman.
It's a blessing. All of it. Cancer sucks, but it has made me become so much more aware and strong-willed. I didn't let it keep me from achieving my dreams, and that's the message I want everyone in my life to know.
As always, from me to you, blessings of love, happiness, and most importantly, good health.
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.