Monday, June 28, 2010

Pathology Results

Last night I got a call from Dr. Caldwell with the results of the surgery: I can officially say I'm a cancer survivor!

The nodule was cancerous, and it spread to 3 of the lymph nodes. I need to do radioactive iodine treatments, and I'm hoping I can get in to my specialist's (Dr. Freedman) office ASAP.

For the most part, it confirms what we've suspected. I thought it was going to come back cancerous, but never dreamed that it had gone to any lymph nodes. I am so thankful to Dr. Chamberlain (my primary doctor) for feeling the thyroid, and even though almost every test came back normal, he continued to pursue it. I am also so glad we decided to do a biopsy, even though it grew only a small amount. If we waited another year to do this, it could be too late, or way more difficult to cure or fight.

This entire experience, even though it's not over, has been so wonderful. No, I would never ask for this to happen, but in the experience, I came out of a mini depression seeing all the friends and family that truly love, support and care for me, I saw that Josh is the right man for me (not that I ever doubted it, it just reassured me that Josh is the one that will take care of me in sickness and in health), and I got my own experience with God. I always believed, but never had a moment where I said, this is what it means to be a Christian, and this is my moment where I know that He IS here, and He is helping me through everything. This has done so much for my faith, and I'm hoping to write a blog or journal, or perhaps just a regular blog centered on it, about my faith. I'm not sure what I want to do yet, or how I will, but I'll let you know (I'll also take suggestions!).

Thank you so much for your prayers and love!