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Calm before the storm...in more ways than one

I've been somewhat pleased with January 2010...cruising along, doing my own thing, staying on pace with life in general. Keeping things fairly in order. Haven't quite tackled all of those resolutions with the vim and vigor I had planned but have had good intentions and made headway in general.

But I feel it coming...I have several things creeping up. First on the docket, my round of thyroid cancer follow-up shots and scans the week of February 8th. I'm not freaking out about it like I used to, especially since I'm keeping with my New Year's resolution of no more thyroid cancer in 2010. But it's a process - physically, emotionally, logistically. It's a pain in my routine. But you know, if that's all I've got to contend with in regards to thyroid cancer, I'll take it.

So here's the schedule:

Feb. 8 - thyrogen shot (preps me for the scan)
Feb. 9 - thyrogen shot
Feb. 10 - small dose of radioactive material given (no glowing green will occur...I think…

Hoarders and Intervention...why so fascinated?

I'm asking a question today to which I have no answer: Why are we, as a society, so fascinated with shows like "Hoarders" and "Intervention"? Specifically, why am I so fascinated by these two shows?

I "DVR" (yes, it does seem to be a verb these days) both of these shows. I started watching Intervention a few years ago and then quit recording it because....I felt guilty? Had thyroid cancer and was dealing with that? It was too voyeuristic? Let me back up a second and give you a quick synopsis of each show from the A&E website: Each 60-minute episode of Hoarders is a fascinating look inside the lives of two different people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.
Intervention™ is a powerful and gripping television series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption. The Intervention Television series profiles people whose dependencies on drugs an…

Back to Dr. Pun: No Thyroid Cancer in 2010!

Last week I made my way back to Dr. Pun's, my endocrinologist, for my somewhat quarterly blood draw (checking thyroid levels in general) and to talk about recurrence monitoring. I told him what I had decided on New Year's Eve, that I was going to speak positively and not have thyroid cancer again in 2010. I had it in 2008 and 2009....I WON'T be dealing with it in 2010.

He liked this plan needless to say! And then told me a really bad joke, thus, the name I have given him, Dr. Pun. :)
The other topic of discussion: it's almost time again for shots and scans. Two days of shots, one day to take the low dose of radioactivity, one day for the scan and the last day, blood work: a full week of fun! The last time I did this "week of fun" was April 2009, and everything came back relatively clean. It was the first time since all of this cancer business had started that I had any cancer test, scan, etc. come back with any sort of good news.

My "fun week" isn'…