Twice In Your Eyes, Thyroid Cancer
Written by Sara Broers, Two Time Thyroid Cancer Survivor
Just recently have I been forced to recall that you are no longer with, me. , You have sure wreaked a lot of havoc in my life over the past 23 years. , Just recently, my, TSH, levels are “out of, wack” AGAIN. , When you appeared as cancer the first time around, I wish my Dr. would have removed all of you. , Of course, AGAIN, in 1998, you left me all together!
I also learned that once cancer rears, its, ugly head in the form of thyroid cancer, it quite often reappears approximately ten years later. , Due to the fact that part of you still remained, I became part of that statistic!, , Thanks to cancer, AGAIN.
I will admit in 1987, I had no idea what you did and where you were located in my body. , Wow, you did, a lot, for me. , But, of course, you had to become engulfed in cancer and be taken out of me. Hearing the words, “You will struggle with your weight, You, will feel tired at times, You will battle this the rest of your life!”, , OK~ I did not ask to have cancer and I did not ask for you to be removed (but I know you had to be).
I still wonder how you were functioning fine in 1987, as all my blood reports showed a healthy thyroid. , Boy, you were sure a sneaky devil!, , But once I was tossed onto that table for a body scan, my whole world changed. , My internal medicine Dr. who ordered the test, said, “You need to see a surgeon by the end of the week.”, , Mind you, this was Friday afternoon. , After meeting with a surgeon Friday afternoon, I was under the knife on Monday morning and part of, you, was removed. , Oh, how I wish you would have convinced my Dr. to remove all of you. , Had you done that, I would NOT have had to go back under the knife in 1998.
Due to the fact that you had a large growth on you, and my wind pipe was caving in, surgery was a necessity. , But, never in my wildest dreams, did I believe that at the age of 20, I would be told, “You have cancer!”, , Thank You, thyroid- NOT!, , And under the knife again in 1998- and having to go into isolation and swallow those large, radioactive pills- your non, existence, has made my life a living hell at times!
So what on earth is a Mother of two young boys to do when she is thrown into isolation on the 6th floor of a hospital?
Dear Thyroid, you sure did NOT help me out during that challenging time. , Walking through that “poison” tape which had been placed, outside, my door, made me realize the seriousness of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer!, , The tiredness, body aches, weird body temperature issues, and funny hair are all blamed on your non-existence!
At the, beginning, of 2010, I find myself struggling with my, tsh, levels- AGAIN!, But, Dear Thyroid, “Why did you have to leave me?”, I guess I will continue on this journey…I am blessed to have a physician who understands me and treats me as a person!, I do, wonder why you had to mess everything up for this busy, Mom?, I am the winner, you are NOT! Thyroid cancer may have been the diagnosis, but this Mom has dug deep- Pulled, Up, Her Bootstraps and moved on!
Bio: (Two time thyroid cancer SURVIVOR). I am a Wife/Mom of two teenage boys. I reside in Iowa. I battled thyroid cancer in 1987 & AGAIN in 1998. I have a passion for writing and public speaking! My personal, blog, follow me @saramomof2.