Cheers to 10 Years (Cancer Free!)

It’s actually been 10 years and 3 months now (better late than never?) – but still a big milestone.  I’ll never forget that time in my life.  I had just graduated college and was on my own for the first time.  A routine physical where my doctor found a lump on my neck (which I’m pretty sure I had for at least 10 years before that) set me off on a 6 month whirlwind of tests, doctors, and a lot of uncertainty.  One doctor felt it “definitely wasn’t cancer” while a 2nd opinion was “positive it was”.  Finally a decision was made for surgery and to make the cancer call while I was under.  In December 2006 I had my total thyroid removed and learned when I woke up, that I had Stage 1 Papillary Cancer at the ripe “old age” of 22.  I have been very lucky since that day.  I had 1 round of radioactive iodine treatment the next month to ensure the cancer was gone.  Since then I’ve really had no significant problems – I check-in w/my endocrinologist every year.  My levels and subsequently my meds have been adjusted on occasion, but otherwise I’m living my life.

This gets to my new blog.  To me, being a cancer survivor was a wake-up call.  A 2nd chance at life and to make sure I’m enjoying each moment.  Ever since that day I try to start each day with a smile (because I’m happy & healthy!) and enjoy each moment (because you never know what tomorrow will bring). I had been capturing my adventures with a few photos on Facebook.  I’m test-driving the idea of blogging about them instead as it’s on my bucket list to write a children’s book some day.

Let’s get this party started!