Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Can you spell cancer? The doctor that I don't like can

Just an update that my treatment decision is surgery. I decided that with Chris and Dr. Sanders today. No date yet, but we requested the surgery date to be in the next 5-7 days. Will post here as soon as I know.

I have some great stories of doctors, nurses, friends, and family giving me input on my decision that I will share at some point, but I just don't feel like it tonight. It has all caught up with me, and I am fighting the urge to crawl in bed and just....sleep maybe? Or possibly eat a large amount of ice cream. One of the two, possibly both, will happen soon. Maybe I shouldn't fight it....

There are great stories like the "doctor that I don't like" spelling out the word cancer to me on the phone today and saying things like "Why would you want to walk around with cancer in your body? If it is big enough to find on biopsy, you need to get it out." But those stories are for another day...too big of a day for me.

Thanks again for the prayers, good thoughts, calls, emails, comments on the blog, etc. The encouragement from all really helps!


  1. I hope you did eat the ice cream and then slept well and had nice dreams.

    My mom has lots of stories about arrogant doctors with God complexes who treated my dad when he had cancer. Stories like that are worth sharing, but if I were you, I'd wait until like Friday night and settle in with a glass of Merlot or a nice IPA before embarking on that.

    Looking forward to reading what you feel comfortable sharing!

  2. I am a follower on Twitter (and I do believe you're following me :) - and saw you have thyroid cancer. After being diagnosed with thyroid disease this summer it was discovered I have a cold nodule and I am currently being monitored for nodule growth (no biopsy yet - just ultrasounds), so I have to say that I appreciate that you're writing about this. I'll be reading your blog to see how things go, and if I have to go down the same road I will doubly appreciate reading about your experience! So - thank you and many well wishes!

  3. I had a cancerous thyroid nodule removed in November. I'm doing fine and you'll be ok too. Remember - just take one day at a time. Best to you.

  4. I came to your blog via DCBlogs. Sounds like you're in a bit of a whirlwind right now. Try to remember that cancer ain't what it used to be. More of us have kicked it in the butt and continue to survive.

    I was tickled to see you've discovered Ree Drummond, too. She is one talented, energized woman, isn't she! Frankly, I don't know how she crams so much into every day. Before you know it, you will be, too! Stay strong, WOMAN!!

  5. he. spelled. cancer.
    im at a loss for words...and if you knew me...youd know how rarely THAT happens...
    ....all best wishes sugar....
    but srsly?? cant you like REPORT that to somebody??? or at least spell a$$hole for him...

  6. I had thyroid cancer and can tell you more than you will ever want to know about what happened to me. The good news is I am fully recovered and I pop a Synthroid pill every day which is now my thyroid. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns. You have some not-so-pleasant things to go through, but like with childbirth you will manage to forget most of them. Good luck!

  7. I did it in 2 rounds of surgery also, very aggravating since the second tumor was actually benign! The most bizarre treatment was with radioactive iodine. Have you had that one? You would remember because you have to stay away from everything living for a week. I hope for your sake it's over quickly and you can simply resume your life without a thyroid.