So my goal in starting my blog was to help others along the way. Lately I’ve been so busy with life and just trying to stay busy, that I haven’t written anything in a long time. I have a few ideas for topics hopefully soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you all an update…
I had my full body scan done back in January. It came back still showing SOMETHING was there and without having to do further testing, we decided it would just be best to go forward and go ahead and do another slightly higher dose of RAI radiation. I went through the 2nd round during the weekend of February 21st. It was the same process as last time as far as having to be in total isolation for 72 hours, but since the dosing was higher, I did have so not so great side effects. I will say that I am feeling more positive & hopeful about the outcome this time around than last time. I’m starting to feel more like myself & have more energy. So *fingers crossed* that my instincts are right. I think I will get my results in August after the 6 month period is up again, which will be around my birthday. I found what I believe to be an amazing endocrinologist now & I’m in the process of switching to her. I’ve felt all along that I should seek out a better doctor, but I couldn’t find the right time without it slowing down the process of getting better, until now.
Another aspect was that right after I was diagnosed, I immediately felt like I couldn’t handle the situation and I was dealing with overwhelming anxiety, to the point that I felt like I didn’t want to leave the house. I got myself on some medication and I’m very happy to report that I am in a good place and very rarely ever need to take that now, which I think is definitely a sign of growing as a person & my ability to handle this situation has absolutely improved in the process. I still have days where I’m sad, frustrated, or down, but those days are fewer and farther in between, which I’m happy about! Overall, I’m feeling pretty good and I’m feeling positive. No complaints at the moment.
In keeping with my whole purpose of helping myself through the process and hopefully helping others as well, my advice to anyone going through something like this would be… If something seems off with your body physically or your mood emotionally, don’t ignore it! Also, if you don’t like your doctor or you don’t feel like you are getting the care & support you deserve, DEMAND it… If they can’t or won’t provide you with that, someone BETTER will & you should seek that. I can honestly say that can apply to just about every aspect of your life. Don’t take less than you deserve, because everyone deserves to be happy & healthy, loved & supported. Surround yourself with people that will do that!