It is five years since I was diagnosed and then had my thyroid removed. The time from suspicious cells being found through the fine needle biopsy to the complete thyroidectomy, was only 7 weeks. Not a particularly long period of time in the grand scheme of things, but by all accounts in the reading and … Continue reading It’s that time of year, again!
Today is the 7th Annual World Thyroid Day, May 25, 2014. Established in 2008, World Thyroid Day highlights five major goals to: Increase awareness of thyroid health, Promote understanding of advances made in treating thyroid diseases, Emphasize the prevalence of thyroid diseases, Focus on the urgent need for education and prevention programs, and o Expand … Continue reading World Thyroid Day 2014
Three years ago today, my thyroid--cancerous nodules and all, was removed. During the "whole body scan" a few months later there were no errant tumor cells and the tumor marker in my blood work came back negative. Throughout the last 266 days of blogging, I've thanked many of the people who had some role in my diagnosis, … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo = My Cancerversary
Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? In an earlier post I wrote about the best time of day to get my work done; hands down, it's 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. In fact, I get the most done between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, when the office is quiet and … Continue reading Because the Night
Have you ever been to a doctor's office, approached the reception desk, and felt as though you were imposing on the person behind the desk? Especially if there is a glass partition between you and the person who's meant to be greeting you. Honestly, the time spent waiting your turn when a doc is running … Continue reading A Reception
I've thanked my endocrinologist before, but feel the need to do it again! I meet with him every four months since my complete thyroidectomy in 2011, and will probably continue to see him with great regularity for the rest of my life. Typically, I've been a compliant patient, answering the doc's questions but never really … Continue reading What’s Up Doc?!
On March 5, 2011 I heard: "The biopsy showed suspicious cells, you have cancer." It's World Cancer Day,today. In my session today with my counselor I opened with: "I had thyroid cancer!" It's only recently that life has allowed me the quiet space to consider what that means. I'm coming to grips with the enormity … Continue reading I HAD CANCER!?
Be a good patient and just do what the doctor tells you. For some reason, I've always believed that the doctor knows best. If the doc says to do something, I do it; the white coat and pretty diploma from the prestigious medical school, are indications that they know what they're doing--at least more than … Continue reading Be a Good Girl and Do What the Doctor Says
Three years and seven months ago I started my new job where I currently work. I love my job; probably because I get to use all the skills I've picked up along the way and feel as though I'm really helping people. There was one particular person on that first day, who was remarkably helpful … Continue reading First Day, She Helped!
Last week, on his birthday, I shared a thank you to my brother-in-law, Paul. I have more than a few brothers-in-law and each is special; not only because they love my sisters! My brother-in-law, Jon, also celebrated his birthday this month. He and my sister have been together since college! It rained like crazy on their … Continue reading Giving Without Expectation