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Medical trauma can leave you feeling voiceless.

You didn’t choose the earth-shattering diagnoses – you had a stroke, you have cancer, you need an amputation – you could die. Medical personnel speak in their terminology, and you feel lost. Suddenly, you don’t seem to understand the meaning of common words, and the world becomes an overwhelming, too-loud place.

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Managing Your Experience of Medical Trauma Step 1

No pain is insignificant. Suffering is universal.

Many people are too quick to say that "no matter what you are going through, someone has it worse" or "there is always someone with bigger problems". It is emotionally dismissive and conveys the message that your struggle is insignificant and that you are concern is, how is the situation affecting you? Full article:

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Supporting a loved one who is ill

Supporting a loved one who is ill is a new and precious part of your relationship. As you embark on a road trip to wholeness, you will grow with that person.

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If you feel helpless or stuck I invite you to contact me and make an online or in-person appointment today!

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An update on my thyroid scans...

Last week, you saw me update my thoughts daily regarding my scan to check for any reoccurrence of #ThyroidCancer .

And I have good news! All clear!!

This set of tests was particularly stressful this year because I actually got the all clear a few months ago, but a different doctor (my specialist) saw the ultrasound and felt it needed the more intensive test as she saw some larger spots in my neck. That could have meant a few things, one of those being I may have been fighting a cold or infection and my lymph nodes inflamed, or I was growing another tumor.

Fortunately, we now believe it was the first as there is no evidence of disease anywhere in my body.

I am so thankful to be alive and well today. And that's what matters.

#talkingaboutit #Cancer #livingwithcancer #cancerrecovery


Day 4: Nuclear Imaging, Update 2

I'm done!!!!!!! Yessssss.

Now all I need to do is wait for the test results in a few days.

Whichhhhh is still pretty #Anxiety -inducing. But knowing that this process is now behind me for at least another year is a relief.

Now to go home and celebrate with some much needed rest. <3

#Cancer #ThyroidCancer #cancerrecovery #MentalHealth

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Day 4: Nuclear Imaging

I can just feel the clock today. Tick, tick, tick. My scan growing ever closer.

It's funny, after 3 years since the diagnosis of cancer I continue to approach these with so much apprehension. It should be decreasing right? After 3 years of getting an 'all clear' you'd think you'd slowly start to fear it less.

Unfortunately, you don't.

What's so scary about cancer is how traumatic the experience is. Not only is your body physically strained from going through surgeries and treatments, but your mind has to process everything too. It's scary, and the treatment can last for a long time.

Last time, the physician was able to tell me immediately a snapshot of what the results looked like. This is a different hospital, but I'm hoping for that as well. Good or bad, it's better to know.

#Cancer #cancerrecovery #ThyroidCancer #rai #RadioactiveIodine #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #nuclearimaging

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Day 3: Radioactive Iodine, Update 2

Honestly the worst thing so far? I'm hungry and can't eat yet!

I had to fast 2 hours ahead of RAI and 1 hour after and now I'm starving. Why did my appointment have to fall 2 hours after lunchtime?????

Mostly I'm feeling tired right now. I know the nausea from this is going to come, and I'm dreading that symptom. Otherwise, I'm doing OK and just trying to keep myself in a good headspace.

#ThyroidCancer #Cancer #cancerrecovery #rai #RadioactiveIodine #MySymptoms
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Day 3: Radioactive Iodine

Unfortunately, I can't get superpowers from this type of radiation.

Radioactive Iodine or RAI is exactly what it sounds like. It's a radioactive iodine isotope. You can look up I-123 if you'd like to know more about the science of this treatment.

But basically, the two injections blasted the thyroid hormone called TSH into my system. TSH is only absorbed by thyroid tissue, however a scan can't see that hormone. Fortunately, Iodine is ONLY absorbed by thyroid tissue. So by giving me a Radioactive form of it, they can pick up any presence of the Iodine/TSH in my body through nuclear imaging.

Since I had a total thyroidectomy, I shouldn't have any thyroid tissue left in my body. Ideally the TSH and the RAI are just going to flush themselves out & my scan will look pretty boring. However, if it does light up, it means the presence of new thyroid tissue, which could mean a reoccurrence of cancer.

I still have a few hours until I head to the hospital to receive RAI, and I can't tell if I'm more nervous about the treatment or just visiting the hospital.

#Cancer #ThyroidCancer #cancerrecovery #rai #RadioactiveIodine #Thyroidectomy #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness

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Day 2: Injection + Lab test, Update 2

This Thought will be short, but man my head is swimming.

I'm somewhere between hungry and nauseous, feel like I'm mildly dissociating, and my headache and brain fog feel like a weird combo monster sitting on my head. Oh yeah, and I still can't really stand for long or walk without slightly limping.

On the upside, I'm halfway through. And I need to keep remembering that every hour and every day I'm much closer to putting this behind me for another year.

#ThyroidCancer #Cancer #cancerrecovery #BrainFog #Dissociation

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Day 2: Injection + Lab Test

I woke up this morning already nauseous. I hadn't even gone in for my second injection and was already feeling off. Not only that I had nausea upon waking, but since I have to sit on the injection site, I felt pain for my entire drive.

This second injection felt like pure fire. I couldn't even sit for a few minutes afterwards because it stung so bad. Then immediately had to get labs drawn.

Driving back I felt so fatigued already. Today was on my right side and it made driving hard. I kept counting down, only 10 more minutes, 5 more minutes, 2 more minutes until I arrived at my destination. My nausea also increased which isn't helping.

Right now I'm trying to not let myself get bummed out by how I feel right now, but it's so draining. Who ever said you only had to fight cancer physically?

#ThyroidCancer #Cancer #cancerrecovery #ChronicIllness

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