I hope this email finds you well! I am glad to report my bloodwork continues to be clear, no signs of Thyroglobulin or antibodies - my endocrinologist even told me I could wait another year for my scan! This is a first! I found out the same time as I was on the way to my sister-in-law's wedding which I helped coordinate so the good news was lost for awhile in the flurry of events and family visits.
My husband and I are trying daily to follow a better routine of eating healthier home-made meals and enjoying time at the gym regularly, it started before New Years so not really a resolution, but more a lifestyle change we are easing into. Trying to maximize use of the fleeting hours in a day can be challenging, I can't imagine what it will be like one day with children...
One of my "resolutions" for the year is to take care of myself better though- which means moving on to an endocrinologist that better meets my needs, visiting a fertility specialist, going to the dentist for my TMJ pain and care, and taking better care of my back. One by one these are lining up and I'm addressing them- its not a job for the weary but your health is something you have to care for all your life so I need to remind myself I am worth it.
I hope you all know the same :)
Well, after 4 scans yesterday which was over 2 hours on the tables with machines pressing down and spinning around me, I sat down for what wound up being a concise 12 minute conversation with one of the endocrinologists at Washington Health Center. The verdict was good but of course a bit mixed... There is a bit of light-up on my scans and it's in the same place that lit up the last two times- just a bit on my Adams apple area and a slightly larger blot on my neck in the middle.
Of course I was very hypothyroid and the measurements of Thyroglobulin (TG) aka the cancer/thyroid tissue marker is still undetectable making it good news. But with these two stubborn spots the overwhelming certainty is more close watching, no further time between scans - possibly an MRI and ultrasound to be sure but nothing urgent. An interesting thing I learned from the appt is the doctor stating that my % of uptake (how much iodine got absorbed and shows on the scan) was last time 0.6% and now is 01.6% but that variation is likely the difference between a scan using Thyrogen and one done with thyroid hormone withdrawal, apparently they have found that the absorbed iodine "washes out" sooner when using Thyrogen... Interesting to know.
Now I can try to put this all out of my mind for now and focus on my honeymoon coming up :) but I also found out one of my cousins was just diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer... I f***ing hate cancers guts.
threw a punch at your cancer.