It's actually been a year now. A year since I was in isolation for five days because I was radioactive. Of course that followed the full removal of my thyroid. Both sides were removed as a precaution. The cancer was in the lobe they didn't suspect. I'm so thankful my surgeon was capable and cautious.
Everything came flooding back as I sat in the waiting room and my friend received her biopsy a couple weeks ago. The smells, the anxiety, the possibilities. The reality of redefining normal. The tenderness of partners waiting nervously beside their loved ones. A parting with the words: "I'll be right here waiting for you." It's such a journey for everyone involved. I'm so thankful my friend does not have cancer!
It was incredible to me to meet two others touched by thyroid cancer at the Kidlitosphere Blogging Conference. We compared scars, stories, and current medication doses. So it is normal to feel like a hamster running on a wheel because you have to take a high dose of Synthroid so your cancer doesn't try to return. Do you know how helpful that is to hear? There are other hamsters out there!
If you know someone being treated for cancer, extend a hand, an ear, a shoulder. Share hope this month. Share your own strength.
I close with my neck smile. Happy to be here in 2008. xox