Yes, I Have Cancer, But I am So Much More Than A Cancer Patient
I wish I would have found this site earlier in my adventures with thyroid cancer. It’s been 11 years now and I can’t shake this disease. I faithfully take my medicines, watch what I eat so as not to feed the disease. I have completed 5 I31 treatments since my thyroid was completly removed, a 2 inch section of my right lung removed, a patch on my left foot and a patch on my back removed, all stemming from thyroid cancer! Oh and we are not going to talk about the dry sinus and sallivary glands!
Go figure, I’m stuck with this disease and actually at times I love that fact that I am so in tune with my body- not many people say this, huh!
Yeah, I have many days of frustration, being tired, joint pain and catching every freakin germ in the air, yet I have many days in which I can honestly say that I listen to my body. I have had trouble getting doctors to listen to what I’m feeling. I refuse to be a pain, however, I also refuse to be a number and a 15 minute office visitor, too! I am about being able to help myself feel better.
I have found, for me, that I will always see someone worse off then me to be a true motivator for me. During my third year of treatment, I remember four people, myself included arrives at the nuclear medicine department for scanning. I was first to start the day long procedures. At the end of the day, I was the last to leave the waiting room. I met my three companions, had lovely conversations and watch each of them leave with a cancer free diagnosis. I remember calling my husband and telling him, I just knew it wasn’t over, it was very disheartening, yet I was happy for my new friends being cancer free. From that year on, I vowed not to be depressed and have the cancer blues. My husband kept telling me everything will be ok- I thought he was crazy and had no clue what I was going through. Then one day I woke up and decided, yes I have cancer, yet I am so much more then a cancer patient.
I have this love hate relationship going on in my mind and body! It’s a strange adventure, yet it’s mine to share.
Thanks for listening -Today is a good day for this Goofy Girl!
By, Jennie V.
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