One year and counting

One year—and my heart swells with only GRATEFULNESS. I’m still alive today, and more than alive—I’m healed and still cancer free! I had my tumor marker test recently and the results were NEGATIVE. Hallelujah!

It’s been exactly a year ago since I had my surgery.  I feel like several years have gone by after everything that has happened, yet I can still clearly remember the roller coaster ride of events and emotions.

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Battling depression 

The worst part for me post surgery wasn’t the pain from surgery, the surgical wound nor was it the slightly hoarse voice (which eventually improved over time). It was the effect of transient hypocalcemia (low calcium), which the surgeon had warned me of before the operation, that was really difficult and terrible.

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The Surgery

I got my diagnosis on June 8, 2016 and my surgery, a total thyroidectomy, was scheduled the following week, June 15, barely three weeks since my initial checkup after feeling a slight neck discomfort and a swollen lymph node. Things were really happening fast…

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Keeping the faith

We’ve heard this phrase—either it’s been told to us or we’ve said it to others to bring encouragement in the midst of a tough situation: ‘keep the faith’.

But what does it really mean—to keep the faith?

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The Diagnosis

It all started with a slight neck discomfort when lying down, which I felt within the first two weeks of May 2016. There was no pain, no difficulty in swallowing or breathing. ZERO history of any thyroid illness.

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