Wednesday, September 04, 2019

It's check your neck month

Did you know that September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month?



After my total thyroidectomy in 2014 (which wasn't cancer,) it was a new beginning for me. The first few months were just horrible.  It was nearly a full year before I felt okay, and I had a whole new level of normal.  I've not been quite the same since.  I'm okay, but not okay, if that makes sense.   I never dreamed we'd be dealing with any of that ever again.  Last summer, quite unexpectedly, life threw us a big curveball.  Quite by accident, we learned that Clint had thyroid cancer.  He had the same surgery as I did, followed by radio active iodine, and spent 5 days isolated from the household.  In just a few weeks he'll hit the one year mark, and he's about in the same boat as me.  Okay, but not okay.  There is no tired like 'no thyroid' tired.  It's definitely been life changing for him too, but at least the cancer is gone.

It's also crazy that in our very small circle, we have run across several others on this same journey.  I can think of eight people I know off the top of my head who have had a total or partial thyroidectomy.  Eight.  Makes you wonder if something in modern times is the cause?  All those dental x-rays?  Or is it found more often now because the technology is there to do so?  Thyroid cancer is so slow growing so it could take years before any symptoms surface. 

So, because of all that this is me reminding everyone that September is check your neck month!  We never thought it would happen to us, but it did.










8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder, and so happy that you and Clint are well now!
    Hope you continue to be so!
    Have a cozy evening.

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  2. That is interesting about both of you needing a thyroidectomy for different reasons. I remember when I was in high school and I graduated in 1975 so that was a bit ago, I had acne like most teens did. My mom sent me to the dermatologist. I remember getting radiation treatment for it along with ointment and the usual instructions of washing your face, etc. I often wonder nowadays if that caused some cancers.

    betty

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    1. Wow, Makes you wonder what effects it had. Clint had a very low dose of Radio Active Iodine, and the side effects are cancer in other areas later in life. Kill one kind of cancer cells, only to get another later.

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  3. I'm so sorry you have a loved one who had this illness. I'm glad that both of you are ok. Thank you for sharing your story.

    ~Sheri

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  4. What a great reminder for us all. I'm sorry that you're both dealing with the 'okay, but not okay' part, but happy you've been in good medical hands.

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  5. Thanks for the reminder, Mel.

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  6. Thank you for the reminder!

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