So I've had my surgeries, radioactive iodine treatment, first little followup appointment with the endocrinologist, and now have to wait for the full 6 months after treatment before I can have the blood tests done to see if it has re appeared.
While I have been given the 'all clear' from the scans in April, the problem is that my Hurthle Cell Cancer likes to travel, and there is no 'marker' in your blood to tell you if it has traveled anywhere. All they can test for is the thyroglobulin levels in your body to be low to help prevent it reappearing.
It also does not appear in the lymph nodes, so I do not know what happens. I do believe that is is not in my system, but like anything there is still an element of doubt and fear. While I do not dwell on this too much and live my life fully (still very tired and adjusting to medication) it is in the back of my mind.
It was a fluke finding the first lump so if there was to be another one somewhere else, how on earth would i find it! I am not a small person and we have lumps everywhere in our bodies...lol...
Anyhow I am writing to offload some thoughts. I am privileged to be in such good health when many people around me are doing it hard with regards to their treatments.
But every journey is different. Feelings and symptoms are just as real for one person as to another and we do need to listen.
May I encourage everyone to take it a day at a time, moment by moment, and look for the little things to make you happy and encourage you in your journey through this stage of your life.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.