...when I was in college and taking courses to become a Health Unit Coordinator (loving called HUC's)one of the classes I took was Medical Transcription. Talk about a foreign language! The first reports that I had to transcribe were pathology and autopsy reports. It was truly an eye opening experience. We didn't spend enough time on that subject that I could get a job as a transcriptionist but I did learn just enough...just enough to be dangerous, just enough to be able to read a pathology report, just enough to know when to worry.
My pathology report has returned.
In an effort to keep my friends informed but not enough to invite contradiction, I will try to keep this brief.
My thyroid was removed approx. four weeks ago for suspicion of cancer. It was revealed, upon biopsy and frozen section, that there were five cysts/nodules/areas of concern. These were 100% papillary cancer and it is believed that it was all removed during the surgery. BUT, and there always is one, this type of cancer has a tendency to spread and while it is not the most serious of cancers it is cancer none the less.
After the holidays, and hopefully before my sweet grand girl arrives,
I will be having high dose radiation treatments. This involves a strict no iodine diet for two weeks, three days of radiation and eight days of isolation. After several scans I will know whether or not any of those little cells have escaped and traveled on a little vacation some where in my body. If so, they will be zapped and gone for ever or at lease twenty years whichever comes first for me.
Truthfully, I am not really looking forward to any of this and would rather not go through with the radiation. There are many side effects and there is a chance that the radiation itself can cause cancer in my neck, jaw or mouth. I have been struggling with whether or not to continue but I have come this far.
When I was diagnosed with diabetes (as a child) I was told I would not live to see 30...I am now happily 20+ years older,
that I would never be able to have children..I've had three.
that I would never see my grandchildren come into the world. I have been fighting the odds for a long time and I refuse to turn back now. So forward we go, with open eyes and an open heart.