Path report in, no surprises

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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Well it's official, I am now a thyroid cancer survivor too. :)
THe good news is that there were no surprises, no node involvement and all 4 of my parathyroid glands are left intact. (They are not easily identifiable and sometimes come out accidentally during surgery). He said that node involvement is not as important as it is in other cancers, but age is more important. Under 40 has a better prognosis...good thing I am still under 40! He also said that size is less important too with thyroid cancer, that he feels there is no magic number that changes prognosis.
So I will see the endocrinologist at the end of July and he'll stop my thyroid meds then do a radioactive iodine treatment and then a whole body scan...and that's about all they do. I read that even thyroid ca spread to lungs is curable with the radioactive iodine, which is like a magic bullet to kill all things thyroid.
I am pleased that it is indeed "the good kind" of cancer, I was afraid they would find something else as a surprise.
So I am eager to get out of my 30's though....breast cancer at 30 and thyroid cancer at 39? No one in my family has cancer, not sure how I got to be the lucky one. Hmmph.
Have a great weekend ladies!

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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that you received good news.  Now you can really rest this weekend without this path report being in the way. 
The wedding that I told you about that is in Harrison I am going to this afternoon.  Two weeks ago the church had a mass for Chris for one year since her death.  I am hoping that one of her relatives knows my friend's husband-to-be and is at the wedding.  Those children that Chris had are precious. 
We have done enough "racing for the Cure"
 Just give us the cure already

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   Posted 6/29/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
It's great you are home and all sounds ok! Sorry you had to deal with anything at your young age!!!! You have done so well taking it all in stride and living a good full normal life. We are all proud of you and stand in awe of all you have handled. Give Tavish a hug for me. Jimmy, my little Yorkie is the love of my life right now. He is so dear and I know Tavish is the same for you. Hugs MK

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   Posted 6/29/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Very happy to hear about the path report, but then, we knew you would be fine!  I have a friend who has a lump on her thyroid and refuses to have surgery.  The doctor told her it could be cancer, but she is too afraid of having something go wrong and ruin her vocal chords.  I will pass your experience on to her and maybe she will change her mind.
L & H,

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   Posted 6/29/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a risk of vocal chord damage...first thing the surgeon asked me was whether I was a singer. Hardly! But I have had no hoarseness at all, just some difficulty talking at first due to tightness in the neck/ throat. I do know of a lot of people that had their thyroids out but no vocal chord damage. Hopefully she'll get the courage to go.


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   Posted 7/6/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the positive diagnosis, Lori. Certainly not fair, but then we all know that cancer is not fair, right? Hope your recovery goes smoothly and you are back on your feet in no time. And, prayers that this is the LAST of your cancer trials. Hugs, Lauri
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