Saturday, November 18, 2006

Zip, Zero, Zilch!

Nada, none, nothing...no matter how you say it, I still don't have it! Cancer that is, there was absolutely none to be found in all the stuff they took out on Monday! I can't explain why the biopsy came back positive and then there was no cancer at all...my explanation is Divine Intervention. I started praying that there was not cancer as soon as I found out there was, and my prayer was answered. Woo hoo! And the best part is that I don't have to do that crazy low-iodine diet and go off my Synthroid. What a relief that is too!

The lymph nodes they removed (that's what they were), all were round which is not a normal node shape. The surgery was not useless, the abnormal nodes are out and my scar will look even better than it did before. I continue to be grateful to my doctors for giving me the best care, and always choosing the right path for my treatment. And of course to Ian for being the best husband on the planet!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

You know you are a Cancer Survivor when...

...you get excited about only half of your neck being cut open.
...your doctors no longer need to explain the procedure to you.
...you can explain the procedure to the med students and Residents.
...you hold your arm up while sleeping when your spouse comes in to check on you because you think you are getting your blood pressure taken.
...you refer to your surgeries as #1, #2, #3, and #4.
...your doctors tell you that you are a special patient, and don't explain if that is good or bad!
...you have special hospital pajamas and shoes.
...you can fondly call the phlebotomist "Vampire."
...you ask all of your family and friends to write to their Senators and Representatives about funding for cancer research instead of sending flowers.
...you LIVESTRONG.