No Cancer Diaries....So I Speak Up To Save Lives!
People are often surprised at my candidness when it comes to speaking up about my battle with cancer. In August of 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form. You know that thyroid gland that exists in your neck? It does wonders for your energy levels and helps regulate your metabolism. Well I had malignant thyroid tissue in one of my ovaries which is almost unheard of. So much so that my case was referred to Yale University (PA) and involved Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital Center, and Holy Cross Hospital (DC Area). It required that I also have my thyroid removed in March of 2011 just after my birthday. I then had radiation treatment shortly thereafter in May of 2011.
The fact of the matter is, cancer is plaguing the nation, It is becoming as common as the cold it seems. I am not ashamed to tell people about my experience because in my mind it may help save someone's life. As I take this journey, it is my hope that someone will hear my story and it will drive them to keeping their regular doctor visits. Furthermore if one feels in their heart that something is not right, it is important to pursue it and get as many opinions as possible until the source of the ailment is found. I know this from experience as mines went under the radar until after the decision was to made to have the first surgery. It was not until the biopsy was performed that what they thought was a large cyst was confirmed to be cancer. Wow!
The purpose of my blog today is not to scare you but to be another voice reminding you of the importance of staying on top of your health. Recently I was informed that after being cancer free that I am now showing low detection which is an alert for further extensive testing. No matter what, I will do what it takes to ensure my health is taken care of to the best of my ability. A diary is something that you keep locked away and to yourself. Therefore, to cancer diaries I say...NO! To those effected by cancer, keep fighting the good fight. To those who have lost the battle, prayers up and blessings out to the families and loved ones touched by this disease.