This is a post I never, ever thought I’d be writing, but I do have thyroid cancer. I got the call from my doctor in the late afternoon on Monday. Yesterday was a really hard day. Did you ever read this book?
Yep, that was me. Things started looking up as the day progressed, though. I have spoken with a lot of different people who know a lot about thyroid cancer. I have the most treatable kind that is also the type that rarely spreads. So, once I have the surgery to remove the gland (sometime in the next 6 weeks), I should be cancer-free and live a normal, healthy life.
I also took comfort from all of your support this last week and the love that I received yesterday from the people who I told first. I really can’t even express what yesterday was like because it was so overwhelming in the sense that I went from the deepest low I have ever felt to actually gaining strength from those around me and ending the day feeling exhausted, but much more like myself.
Alan, my husband, has been a pillar of strength and has not wavered one second in reassuring me that we/I will get through this. He even offered to make dinner on Monday night and that was enough to make me laugh and re-focus for a minute.
So, I want to let you know that I am okay and feeling very positive about the future. Maybe some of you are wondering about this, but one of my first thoughts was how ironic it is that I have been eating so healthfully these past several years and why would NOW be the time that I would get cancer? I mean, come on, it’s only been a month since I left Dr. Fuhrman’s Getaway where we were learning about cancer prevention and living the very lifestyle that has been shown to fight against cancer!
From what I understand, thyroid cancer has a genetic component and so who knows how long it has been developing in my cells. I had at least several nodules for several years, although they appeared normal and within safe size guidelines until last week. At this point in science, I don’t think we have the capability to know what exactly caused the genetic disposition to develop and then show itself now.
What I do know is that my body is very, very healthy, the healthiest it’s ever been, and I am doing the best I can to have a strong immune system. I had the opportunity to speak with someone in Dr. Fuhrman’s office yesterday who has fought cancer. Then, as a total and complete surprise, I received a call from Dr. Fuhrman himself who had only kind, supportive and encouraging words for me. I couldn’t believe he took the time out of his busy schedule to make that call to me; how awesome is that?!?
I’m sure you can understand that these past several days have been an emotional roller-coaster, but today I feel pretty darned good. I will keep you updated on my progress and hopefully get back to more “normal” blog posts with less intense topics such as bean brownies and kale salads. Mmmmm!