You may have heard thyroid cancer referred to as 'the good cancer". When I was first diagnosed, I hung on to those words. Repeated them to everyone who asked about my health. I believed it. And yes, while most people who have this disease can count on a long life (big plus!), I'm slowly figuring out that 'good' is a very poor description.
This 'good' cancer has zapped my energy to a low I couldn't believe possible. My metabolism has tanked, and I've gained a tremendous amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. I've had my throat surgically sliced open twice in less than three months, and am now sporting a lovely scar. I'm trying to adjust to synthetic hormones that affect almost everything my body does. I've paid a small fortune in hospital parking fees, had to drag my children to many appointments and blood tests, and my schedule is now ruled by pills and avoiding interactions. Now I'm waiting for radioactive iodine therapy, and to find out if there is still cancer elsewhere in my body. I think I underappreciated all that my thyroid used to do for me!
What has been good is the amazing support of my friends, in person and online. In all the ways my wayward husband has let me down, my friends have picked me up and dusted me off when I needed them. My husband's stepmom has been my biggest support, flying across the country to help take care of my kids during my recoveries, and offering moral support and friendship daily. I am so grateful for these blessings.
The medical system in Canada offers free care, and while it isn't always the most efficient service, I am also grateful this condition won't bankrupt my family. Not everyone is so fortunate.
And that is all I'm going to say about cancer. I have it, but I am so much more. It won't beat me, it won't define me, and it certainly won't be grabbing anymore headlines on this blog! On that note, I still haven't been up to much of anything crafty lately, although I do have a baby carrier in the works, and the lure of Christmas crafts will surely get my spirits back up. Looking forward to getting back to the things I used to enjoy, and to reading about what the rest of the blogging world has been doing, too.