You have cancer
Those are the words I heard on July 19th, 2011
It devastated me. How can I have have thyroid cancer??
My daughter, Abby, was 11. How do I tell my daughter this news? Especially because I really didn’t even know what it meant. You see, my medical file was ‘lost’. Lost?? Yes. I had gone to a doctor that was covering for another one at the ENT Specialist. So for 2-1/2 months I didn’t know I had cancer. When I found out, I just didn’t know what to do. But, with the support of my husband and daughter plus my family and friends, I endured one of the most difficult things I was about to go through. Now, when you have been told you have the ‘good’ cancer it kind of throws you. What kind of cancer can be good?? All cancer is bad. But I understand why they say it, it’s really not something you want to hear.
Papillary Thyroid Cancer is one of the easier cancers to deal with. On Nov 17, 2011 I had a total thyroidectomy. No chemo. No radiation. For the next 5 years of visits to PMH, I had been told I was ok. NED. But, on Jul 4, 2016, I was told I needed to go for an ultrasound because ‘something was there that should not be there’. Now did this knock me off my feet!! On Aug 8th, 2016, I was told I had 90% positive results I had cancer in my lymph node. Thankfully it was only in one out of the 21 they took out. This time, radiation. Three days in hospital in quarantine, then one week being away from everyone. No touching at all.
So here I am now, 2-1/2 years after the second round, feeling good with the exception of all the crappy stuff that goes along with having no thyroid, but I’m here. I’m here to enjoy life. I’m here to enjoy my family and friends.
It feels good to be ALIVE!!!
Thats why I volunteer. I volunteer because there are people out there who don’t have a good support system around them. I volunteer because it does make me feel good that I’m doing good for others when they need it the most. Relay is a very humbling experience. I may have had an ‘easier’ experience with this disease but don’t get me wrong it’s NEVER easy going through it.
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That means half of our family and friends will hear the words “you have cancer” at some point in their lives. Join me in taking action to help create a world where no Canadian has to fear this disease.
I’m determined to make a difference by participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. This is a nationwide event that brings people together to celebrate survivors, honour those we’ve lost and show that no one has to face cancer alone. By making a donation, you can help fund Canada’s most promising research, vital support services for patients and their families, and other important work that could change the future of cancer.
I hope you’ll show your support, and help me reach my fundraising goal. Cancer changes everything. So can you.