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.
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.