"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." -Randy Pausch
This has been a quote that I heard years ago and it always struck a chord with me. It seems to be appropriate right now. Here is the story. In early February I was dealt the card of papillary thyroid cancer. After a routine insurance mandated physical, blood tests found that my thyroid hormones levels were high. From those tests I was referred to an endocrinologist who felt a nodule on the right side of my thyroid. After an ultra sound confirmed the nodule we did an iodine test to check for Graves' disease or a toxic nodule. Both coming back negative, it was time to check hormone levels again and do a fine needle biopsy. The biopsy confirmed the cancer and my hormone levels had leveled out. The hormone levels (a blessing in disguise) were probably just out of whack because of my recent pregnancy and birth of Brecken. As cancers go... This is a good one to have. It is very treatable/curable and we are thankful for that. My prognosis is very good. I will have surgery to completely remove my thyroid on March 23rd. After an overnight in the hospital and an intended short recovery I will need continual hormone replacement. Beyond that any further treatment will be based off the pathology report.
We are playing our hand by staying positive and focusing on all the good! We are blessed with three healthy children, a tremendous family, and a countless number of great friends. We are so thankful!
A few people have told me I'll get through this...I'm tough... Tough as Hell... One good friend said. I appreciate that. I do know that I am determined.