TWO YEARS LATER… My journey with Thyroid Cancer

It has been two years since I went “under the knife” and started my battle as a cancer warrior goddess against Thyroid Cancer.  I didn’t intend to do an annual update blog, but considering that several of my friends are now members of the cancer club, been diagnosed with thyroid disease or are enduring other trials and tribulations of simple aging… I thought a post on the light side of life might be what the “doctor ordered”.

Enjoy the list of must haves when you are battling “whatever”…

1. Have a theme song.  It was very important for me to have a theme song that made me smile no matter what treatment or follow-up evaluation I had to endure.  Trust me the drinks for a PET scan and wait for results is much more bearable when you are listening to the Black Eyed Peas sing  I GOTTA A FEELING.

2- Have a special “lucky outfit” that you wear to your treatments and tests. I LOVE my Gallaudet sweatshirt and so far .. it is dang lucky!

3- Load up the Kindle, iPad or other device with mindless games, books and magazines to make the endless waiting for procedures or results go faster.  I am now a huge fan of ANGRY BIRDS and SCRABBLE online.

4- Celebrate each step of the process that you can cancel off the list.  Last treatment. Last pill. Last visit for six months.  Just celebrate, if you can.

5- Wake up happy. Each day is a gift- so don’t waste it.

p.s. Thanks to Top Doc at Johns Hopkins for being a great surgeon and making this my two year survival anniversary!  I know you read my blog.. 😉

Video from YouTube – Blacked Eye Peas and Oprah- thanks!

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