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Ellie27
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   Posted 4/10/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.  I'm feeling really sad right now...I'm so tired that I slept oh a good 12 hrs last night.  I haven't done that in a long time.  I just found out this past Thurs that my older sister (by 1 1/2yrs) has Thyroid cancer.  We're pretty close.  She's going to be operated on in at the most 6 weeks...I guess I'm over tired and having a bit of trouble coping today...just needed to tell people I guess...I'm home alone right now.  It's such new news that only family knows and the doctors..anyways, gonna go lie down and rest a while..
 
-Ellie
It is God that gives me the strength to carry on in the valleys of life and the wings to fly to the mountain tops

<FONT color=#008000>Dx: Diagnosed with Epilepsy Jan 2005, SLE July 2007, since then, Raynauds, Alopetia Areta, Vasculitis, discoid lesions, Endemetriosis March 2008. Meds: Tegretol, Imuran, Plaquenil, quite often Flurbiprofen and Rabeprezole, as well as various other supplements/vitamins.


jhmom
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   Posted 4/10/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
(((( Ellie ))))) so sorry you are feeling blue right now. I hope I can ease your mind a little by telling you about my hubby, he was dx with thyroid cancer in Sept 2008, they removed his thyroid and the lymph nodes under it, about a month later he took the radioactive pill and a week or so after that had his full body scan which was clear. All in all he has done very well. He did have a little depression but I think that is normal after getting a dx of cancer regardless of what kind it is, in addition, having an important organ removed.

The most common thyroid cancer is slow growing and usually doesn't spread very far from the thyroid, they say it's the best kind of cancer to have. I know that sounds crazy but it's true. Hang in there and feel free to ask me more questions, I don't mind sharing my experience with you. You and your sister will be in my prayers.
Stacie
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RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


mom46
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   Posted 4/10/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellie,
I'm sorry to hear about your sister. I hope the surgery goes well and she makes a full recovery. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Babs

okie
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   Posted 4/11/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ellie! I'm sorry you and your family have to go through this. Your sister is lucky to have you. I hope she is aware of that. I have a sister that is a year and ahalf older then me and we don't speak. It's very sad. Frankly I'm surprised they aren't doing the surgery sooner. Does any one know what exactly they are going to do. Will the try to shrink it first or what? Hang in there. I'll be praying for you and your sister. Don't stress out you really don't need that right now.
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Butterflake
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   Posted 4/12/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Ellie))) I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. Stacie gave some very good info. I know it's impossible not to worry. After your sister has the surgery docs will know lots more. I hope they can ease your mind. Love, Butterflake
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 4/12/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
That's so scary Ellie, but listen to Stacie. I had thyroid cancer over 20 years ago and they removed it and sent me home. I didn't have any further treatments....no radiation....no chemo. For years afterwards I was worried until finally my doctor showed me a medical chart that showed life expectancy of people with thyroid cancer an it was longer than those without it. He surmised that once someone has it they take better care of themselves and go to the doctor for physicals on a regular basis.

I hope your sis is ok.

(((Hugs)))

Pat
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Ellie27
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   Posted 4/13/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for your concern and words of comfort and encouragement.  You're right, it is impossible sometimes not to worry, even a little.  In the first few days after finding out I have just been filled with an immense sadness.  What God wants to happen will happen in this.  I believe that my sister's just as much in his hands now, as she was before.  That hasn't, and never will change.  I guess I mourn over the hardness of this, and the pain and scary times that my sister is going through.  Our family is so close, as I've said.  I know that she's feeling a lot of uncertainty right now, and that gives me pain because I love her so much.  Family is a treasure.  My mom raised me to know so, and I'm so blessed to have been.  We work hard on relationships. 

Thanks Stacie and PattyLatty for offering your personal experience.  It is encouraging to hear that you're a survivor of 20years plus Patty..Praise God!  If I have any questions I will definately ask away, as you've given me permission.  My sister's cancer is fairly large.  It's a lump that's 4.5 cm.  She was told it's not the worst, but it's definately up there in size.  It's probably been growing in her for up to a decade.  Yikes!  She has been given a surgery date of April 28th.  Thank the Lord she doesn't have to wait up to the full 6 weeks it could've been.  They're going to take out her whole Thyroid and then give her the radiation after...it'll probably be the month later I would imagine (I don't know that), from what you've said your brother had done stacie. 

 

I'll keep you all posted and for now, I guess it's being a support to my sister anyway that she needs.  I'm babysitting tonight.  Take care everyone..God is helping me not to stress too much.  It takes a daily discipline of praying my worries away up to God..and it helps to be able to share my sadness to people who can encourage (like all of you:)  and pray for my family and me too. 

 

Till later,

Ellie


It is God that gives me the strength to carry on in the valleys of life and the wings to fly to the mountain tops

<FONT color=#008000>Dx: Diagnosed with Epilepsy Jan 2005, SLE July 2007, since then, Raynauds, Alopetia Areta, Vasculitis, discoid lesions, Endemetriosis March 2008. Meds: Tegretol, Imuran, Plaquenil, quite often Flurbiprofen and Rabeprezole, as well as various other supplements/vitamins.


Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/13/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend with basically the same story as above....she was dx with thyroid cancer in Jan 2010, they removed her thyroid and the lymph nodes under it, about a month later she took the radioactive pill and a week or so after that had her full body scan which was clear.

Also 2 aunts who had thyroid cancer 40 years ago and are still going strong.

My comment? Don't panic, and do the next right thing.

For me, panic isn't worth the energy I could spend having fun or doing something productive, the next right think could be live as usual, mourn, or whatever you need it to be.
Cheers,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde


jhmom
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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellie, it was my husband that had thyroid cancer, and he informed me right before his surgery that he has felt the knot in his thyroid for 20 years! I told him he didn't need to tell me that!!!! That proves how slow growing it is and that it doesn't usually spread too far from the thyroid.

Your sister will need you for sure, I don't care what kind of cancer it is, hearing those words is very hard and wondering if it will ever come back. She may get a little depressed but I know you will be there to lift her up. It sounds like you have a wonderful supportive family. I will be praying for her upcoming surgery and recovery.
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)

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