Here we go again….

Last week in my Time Hop on Facebook this picture came up.  This was a celebration day honoring that my cancer screen came back clear.  It was a wonderful feeling….WONDERFUL.

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For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in March of 2016.  My thyroid was removed and I went through Radioactive Iodine treatment.  The long and short of that treatment is:

Go on a special diet for two weeks
Take a pill of radioactive iodine
Stay away from everyone for 2 1/2 weeks

That sounds kind of cut and dry…but it really isn’t.  It still comes with all of the feelings..all of the worries…all of the thoughts.  You still are told the words- YOU HAVE CANCER.

From there patients go through bi-annual and later annual testing for five years checking to see if the cancer has returned.  It’s nerve racking.  It’s hard.  For me from the point the appointment is made for a recheck, some of the worry returns…as the days get closer the worry adds.  I’m not terribly worried…but the worry is there.

Most people who are three years out from diagnosis are on yearly check ups.  Not me.  I’m on six month check ups.  I can’t completely pass the check ups.  My thyroglobulin tumor marker number which indicates the return of cancer continues to rise.  This means that there is likely a cancer that is trying really hard to grow.  It’s disheartening.  I had so hoped I got the easy ticket…Thyroid cancer is supposed to be easy one.  I was told to be happy as it was only thyroid cancer…well easy as far as cancers go.  Mine is proving to be a more difficult case.

Last fall I went for my regular check and my doctor in Lacrosse said-enough and then moved me on to the Mayo Clinic.  My doctor there did more extensive testing and created what she says is a base line.  So tomorrow I go back to test that baseline.  It’s my testing day….ugh.

I start at 9:30am with blood test, move to next ultrasound, the onto a CT scan.  It’s thought if it’s going to spread it will likely go to my lungs.  Last time the CT scan showed 5 – one millimeter sized spots that could possibly to cancer but were too small to biopsy.  UGH.  So we’ll see.  Did they grow??  We’ll know by late afternoon as I meet with the doctor to discuss the results then.  If my blood test doesn’t go up, it will be the first time it hasn’t since surgery but miracles can happen and praying for one.  If that can’t be, then I hope that this complication can at least be put off for another year until we’re done dealing with Kramer’s cancer bout.

Typically I go every six months.   This time I moved my appointment up as our insurance is going to a higher deductible next month and I figured this way, the testing would be covered under our current insurance.

I’ll let you know more when I know.  Look for an update tomorrow or sooner if I get a chance to get to a computer.  Happy thoughts please and, as we say to Carver, many and much prayers…We could use some.

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35 thoughts on “Here we go again….

  1. Pam Jolly

    I will be praying for you. I know how hard having cancer can be and I know well the worry that comes as you go for follow up appointments. Miracles do happen and I am praying for one for you.

  2. Toni Wood

    Got you covered with prayers. This is just about more than the average person can deal with what with Gannon, Kramer and you. Please take time for yourself and to regroup. Hugs!!

  3. Marilyn

    Jo keeping you and your beautiful family through this journey in prayer. Huge hugs to go along.

  4. Marsha B

    Prayers continue for you, Kramer, and your niece Jody. Hoping you get good news this time. I know the worry is still there. In a couple weeks I go for my baseline mamogram after completing treatment for breast cancer. I know it is going to be really hard walking into the testing center, first time since I have had to go there since I learned I had cancer. I know my prognosis is great but the worry does not go away. You have lots of people praying for you and your family. Best wishes for good scans.

  5. Lori Sparks Douglas

    Jo,
    Blessings on you! God works in mysterious ways. It is always his timeline. People will help you deal with whatever comes your way. Prayers for peace. Serenity prayer helped me. I always tell myself that you already got the worst news the first time they told “you have cancer.” “Worry doesn’t change a thing. I think of how blessed I am, maybe that could help you. You are a powerful, strong, positive woman. You got this! Let go and let God. These are what keep me going…

  6. Robby H.

    I know that appointment anxiety, although mine isn’t cancer related. Many and much prayers coming from here.

  7. Mary Ann Mettler

    Praying Jo – For all of your lovely family. I like the pic of you at the beginning of the post. I well remember talking to you before you had the treatment for the cancer. We participated in a class together in Cresco. You are a great provider for your whole family and your childcare. Thanks for all you do. Your posts are uplifting and appreciated. Thanks.

  8. Arrowhead Gramma

    Jo, prayers will be with you tomorrow. and know exactly what you are feeling. You are not alone in your feelings, I am now nearly eight years in remission from Stage III ovarian cancer, however have been so stressed for the last couple of weeks anticipating my check-up and mammogram on Friday. It is like this before every check-up which are annual now. Take care and know my prayers continue for you, Kramer and your family during this time.

  9. Lisa B

    Praying for good results on your medical testing Thursday. Your family has had enough difficulties lately. As hard as it may be, thank you for keeping us informed.

  10. Marion Lyon

    Jo, we’ll be praying for you and all your family that you ‘ll have all the support you need as you battle your health problems.

  11. Donna Weeks

    I too, am a patient at the Mayo clinic, Jacksonville, for Thyroid tumors. I am completely pleased with the level of patient care and education that Mayo provides. All departments are stellar. Efficient and compassionate. Praying for you and your family.

  12. Debbie Myers

    Praying for a good outcome today and for peace of mind for you. It’s useless to say, “Don’t worry” because that’s just where the mind goes, or at least mine does. Just try to crowd out the worrying thoughts by distracting your mind with other things like cross stitch, quilt planning, Spring is coming, and the small joys in your life. You are amazing!

  13. Candi

    Continuing to pray for you, Roger, Gannon and the family. Cancer is evil but prayer and God are stronger.

    Love, hugs and prayers.

  14. Becky

    My prayers continue for both you & Kramer & for your family . I believe in miracles & I am praying for one for each of you.

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