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The “C” Word

No I am not talking about that nasty word that people call b****y women. I am talking about the word that has become all too common to hear and has touched everyone to some degree. Yes, I am talking about CANCER.

When I was a child my grandfather had stomach cancer, when I was 15 my grandmother lived a few months following her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, who struggles every day with the wear-and-tear the disease and treatments did to her body. Not to mention I know of many family friends who have passed away or who have been strong enough to kick cancer’s a**. But, as I said before, I am not alone- everyone knows or has lost someone to cancer.

Well, I never thought I’d get a call to tell me that my 26 year old, fiancé had what I call the “C” word. Yes, future Dr. Hubby was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer last wednesday. Metastatic, meaning spread outside of the thyroid gland to surrounding lymph nodes. Now before I explain everything about the situation and share what I know about thyroid cancer I am going to be honest with everyone.

When I hear the word cancer my heart skips a beat. When I hear that someone has lost a loved one to cancer, I can totally empathize and know how terrible it is. But, when you hear “It is cancer” come out of your soon-to-be husband’s mouth it feels like someone has kicked you in the chest and punched you in the stomach at the same time. Nothing prepares you for that. It doesn’t matter if he said he had bubblegum cancer- all I have to hear is that “C” word and I know it is not good.

In his case, he was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma, which is good news as it is one of the ‘best’ types of cancer to have.  He will be undergoing a bilateral (both right- and left-sided) neck dissection to remove the cancer in his thyroid gland along with the surrounding lymph nodes that are infiltrated with cancer. Then following surgery, a course of radioactive iodine ablation is required, which should destroy any remaining microscopic cancer cells. He will be on medication for the rest of his life to regulate the hormones that ones thyroid would regulate.  In short, he WILL be fine and live a long and healthy life after these little hiccups. Thank GOD!

After a lot of crying (from me) and stressing we have accepted what needs to be done and are ready to get the show on the road. He will be having surgery on December 23rd and will be in the hospital recovering through Christmas, but should be cancer-less by 2014! Prayers and well wishes are welcome ❤

For those who have been following along with my blog you know that future Dr. Hubby has been interviewing for residency programs and preparing for his Step 2 licensing exam. Well, everything is still on track and providing things go as planed this will just be a hiccup on the road to exciting times ahead.

If you would like to learn more about thyroid cancer check out Mayo Clinic and Medscape. And a note to everyone out there young and old- make sure you are going to your yearly doctors appointments- NO SKIPPING!

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7 thoughts on “The “C” Word”

  1. I am so sorry! What a scary thing in an already hectic time! I’m glad that it sounds like you feel well prepared and optimistic! I will keep you and future Dr. Hubby (I love that nickname by the way!) in my thoughts and prayers!

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