January 09, 2021 Hello 2021
Journal Entry by Dot Semmens — January 9, 2021
Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021!
I hope each of you beautiful people are as excited about 2021 as I am. And you are my beautiful people, my faith-filled warriors who helped me through one of the most difficult years of my life. Thank you.....yes you, and you and you..........each of you have played a role and have had a hand in my journey. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the value of people.......friends willing to lift me up when I didn’t want to lift myself up anymore. Remember the eight weeks I couldn’t shower or dress myself. My spa assistant?? All the rides you guys gave me because I couldn’t drive? And the food! Lordy Lordy there was food. And those who just listened while I rattled on about the latest appointment. (For the record Christmas Eve my Sonny Boy stood by while I got in the bath tub....fully clothed. He had to haul me out one more time.Not ready for the big leagues yet.) You know your unique contribution. If not, let me know and I will remind you because I know what you’ve done! I’ve said it before and I’m sure I will say it again, it takes a village. We each bring gifts and talents that are uniquely ours. That’s what makes for rich and successful relationships. And that’s what has helped me to be as whole as I am. Thank you!
NOW THE GOOD NEWS
Finally late yesterday I got the official word from the endocrinologist, Dr. LaGreca, that the PET scan showed good results....nothing was highlighted showing any cancer. And the MRI showed nothing either.......well my brain is still there. Dr. LaGreca’s comments were, “looks good. Looks great.” I asked about the pesky lung nodule. She assured me it was nothing to worry about. It’s very small, 5mm, and over 50% of people have them and nothing ever comes of them. Ok then.......I’m going to cross that off the worry list!
Good news on all fronts!
I have appointments for the vaccine......January 21st and February 18th. Are you planning to be vaccinated???? As soon as I have the vaccine I think I’ll be ready for physical therapy. My current excuse is my arm still hurts. I have orders from Dr.Weisstein so just need to make the appointment and get started. So hold me accountable!
March 4th I have a telehealth appointment with Dr. LaGreca. We will be talking about next steps. I am assuming that will include conversation about RAI (radioactive iodine therapy).
So between now and March 4th my plan is to get a little stronger every day and smell some roses along the way. I’m ready for something other than medical appointments. Someone asked me this last week when all this started. April 30th was the first trip to the ER. I’d rolled over in bed early that morning and fractured my humerus. The first ortho surgery was May 21st and that’s when the biopsy showed the fracture was the result of thyroid cancer. After that it just seemed to go on and on and on. Lucky for me each of you stayed the course. So now you can have a break. Unless something unexpected pops up I won’t post again until early March. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you. You guys are my warriors, my support team. I’ve come to cherish each of you so please let me know how you’re doing. Text, email, call, stop by.......I don’t care......just please stay in touch!
Signing off for now.......thanks once again for being a blessing in my life when I most needed one! You’re the best!!
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