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!