Thursday, December 5, 2013

NaNoWriMo

Do you?

I actually was up to participating this year, and finished early.

If you wanna, be my writing buddy.

Shiny Objects Are My Downfall.




Back to Books!

I have a few to write up;

~the long-overdue write-up of Alex Hughes' Clean

~two new goodies from James Tuck

~and a collection of short stories, A.D. Sams Bayou L'Abeille

My Last Post

I actually was told it was gross.

I don't agree, it was pretty much blood and gore free.

I even debated about blogging about it on the other blogs, as I had already made a blog specifically for the cancer.

But seeing as I had disappeared, again...after once again trying to be more consistent, I figured I owed it to the 3 people who follow me to see what happened this time.

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was told that I had probably had it for years. It is one of the most slow-growing cancers apparently.

I never even had a clue.

Well, I did. But I chalked it up to being a new mother. Post-partum depression. Just being run down. I mean, I'm 39. I'm no spring chicken anymore.

So, sorry if it offends, but when I was going through this I inspired a few people showing similar symptoms to get checked out. So, I feel like sharing was the right thing to do.

Check your neck. Seriously.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Surprise, Cancer!



April, 2013.


I noticed a rather large lump in my throat, thinking it was my lymph nodes and probably strep throat. It seemed bigger suddenly and I had issues swallowing.


We went to the ER, as it Sunday. They swabbed me for strep. For mono. Nope. Got an x-ray. It was something but the doctor on call didn't feel it was worth being more invasive.


Dope.


He sent me home with the thought that I was about to get strep or mono or whatever. To take ibuprofen for the swelling. To call my doctor OR return to the ER if it worsened.


Took my ibuprofen and the swelling went down a little.


May 2013


Visit to my mother's with the baby. My relatives decided they didn't like the looks of the lump in my neck. They watched the baby and I went to the ER. Again.


This time the doctor on call, said no. I think it's your thyroid and ordered a CT Scan immediately. The results? A plum-sized growth on my thyroid. And it needed to come out, it was shoving my esophagus and windpipe to the left.


Had the ENT he tried to call been the one on call that night, I would have had surgery right then, I think.


But he wasn't. So I was told to go to the office the next day.


The next day they did a biopsy. And started making plans for surgery. They said it was so large that it had to come out, no matter what it was. Tumor or goiter. Obviously, I was hoping for a goiter.


Nope.


June 2013


Surgery.


Thyroid Carcinoma, the size of a soft ball.


Aaaaaaand it broke out of the capsule. Spread to the lymph nodes.


Full body scan, no spread to lungs or bone.


July 2013


Radioactive Iodine.


I chronicled it here.


So here we are, 22 days away from Christmas.


This one feels particularly special as for a while we weren't sure if I was going to have it.