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
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
"If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all." Yes, Mom, it's still ringing in my ears. It's an expression emblazoned on the psyches of millions of kids who've heard it thousands of times from mothers, grandmothers, and teachers. Now as for doing something nice, that's also a value that is instilled at … Continue reading Nice Is As Nice Does, Indeed (or In Deed)
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
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”