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!?
The Luckiest Person, Me!
The prompt today encourages bloggers to write about the first person we saw today. The first person I see every day is my husband and while I love him to pieces, I'm going to put my own spin on the Luckiest People topic. The second person this morning I interacted with is a Facebook friend. … Continue reading The Luckiest Person, Me!
Happiness Is A Choice
I was trolling my Facebook news feed looking for some inspiration for today's post. The past several days have seen an uptick in the number of posts to the Thyroid Cancer Survivors page; a page that I follow, being a survivor and all. Holidays for so many people are more chore than cheer, and it … Continue reading Happiness Is A Choice
Unless you live under a rock or are a hermit, you know that, over 25 years ago, the month of October was identified as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink ribbons, pink lights, walks to fund research, among other things, are plentiful for the 31 days of the month. For the longest time I didn't personally … Continue reading Color Me…Pink!
Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake
It is fall after all, and what better way to get a taste of the season, than a recipe including apples. The other day I shared a recipe for the Best.Pie.Ever., and it is! My Mom made one on Sunday to bring to a party on Monday, but the pie didn't make it to the … Continue reading Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake
No Such Thing as “The Good Cancer”
It is thyroid cancer awareness month. There are just a few more days left in September; a few more days to draw needed attention to "the good cancer". Of course there is no good cancer! The Merriam Webster Dictionary on-line defines cancer as: can•cer noun \ˈkan(t)-sər\: (1) a serious disease caused by cells that are … Continue reading No Such Thing as “The Good Cancer”
No Man Is an Island
Dealing with the preparation of the before, during and after phases from any surgery is challenging. The recovery from a complete thyroidectomy would have taken so much longer for me were it not for my sisters and brothers, parents, and my Auntie Tina. Everyone was hugely helpful, dropping off meals, sending cards and flowers, making … Continue reading No Man Is an Island
Strange Dissonance. via Strange Dissonance. I really liked this blog post and thought other readers might, too.
Your Job is to Fire Me
The story continues for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, whose tagline I've found out is "Check Your Neck". Clever. Eight short weeks after the diagnosis that the nodules in my thyroid had "suspicious" cells, I was scheduled for a thyroidectomy. The surgeon is the go-to guy in Rhode Island for this surgery. Each time I've heard … Continue reading Your Job is to Fire Me
The “C” Word
It is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month! As promised, today's post too is about my thyroid cancer and the process I went through of diagnosis, surgery and recovery. Following my initial ultrasound in 2004, when the endocrinologist found that there were in fact, several nodules on either side of my thyroid, it was time for the biopsy … Continue reading The “C” Word