Is 7 really a lucky number? For me it is. Or at least I think it is. You see, I realized this week that the number seven has resonated with me throughout my thyroid cancer journey. Yet, only recently did I connect the dots as to why it is indeed “lucky” or at least significant.
7a.m – The time I arrived to the surgical unit for my operation.
Seven hours. The number of hours Dr. Ralph Tufano, (my hero) performed surgery on me at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Seven days. That was the length of time the post-operative drains remained in my neck. (Seven minutes was all had on the “patience meter” for living with said drains.)
Seven weeks. That was the time it took for me to get my voice sounding more like me and less like a prank phone caller.
Seven months. That was about the amount of time I needed to brave going out without a scarf around my neck to shield people from seeing my scar. (July is one hot month and the seventh one!)
Seven years have passed since January 5, 2011 when I had my surgery and my life was forever changed. You may think this was a tantamount day filled with dread, but in reality many amazing things have happened from that day forward.
Related articles: If you are interested in the “whole saga” here is a link.
And, per usual I will use this forum to share some life lessons. (Forever an educator) Although this year the theme may be a bit “lighter” than in the past. (Side note: read to the very end, please.)
The seven lessons I want to share in my annual “post cancer blog” are …
First, be your own health advocate. If you feel that something isn’t right with your health – go see a doctor or two if you are not satisfied with the first opinion.
Next, CHECK YOUR NECK. At least once a year – have your doctor check your neck for irregularities. Are you gaining weight suddenly or losing it without dieting? Do you have a chronic sore throat or persistent cough. These are all red flags that something could be amiss and a due to a thyroid issue!
Each year, since my cancer journey began, I spotlight ways to help people who are diagnosed and living with cancer. This year I am asking that readers of my blog consider supporting the CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL campaign. My daughter, Natasha, is participating with the Cycle for Survival fundraiser and any support would be greatly appreciated. Here is the link. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED goes towards funding research for rare cancers via the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
About Cycle for Survival
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Our high-energy indoor team cycling events provide a tangible way for you to fight back—100% of all money raised directly funds lifesaving rare cancer research.*
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As always, thank you for reading and remember… CHECK YOUR NECK!! Lastly, If you do donate to Cycle for Survival, please let me know and I’ll be sure to thank you personally on Twitter via my account (@LouiseASL). You can leave me a message here or connect via any of my social platforms. Thank you!