One year later

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I haven’t written much lately. It’s that time of year where schedules get busy & I travel a lot. I haven’t really felt the need to vent my feelings for the most part. I’m thinking & hoping that is a sign of emotional growth & acceptance of my situation. 1 year and 1 week ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It’s crazy how time flies. I found out officially last week (via an ultrasound) that even after a total thyroidectomy & 2 rounds of RAI-131 radiation, I am facing surgery again to remove a couple more nodules. I’m sad about it, but it wasn’t a total shock. I haven’t felt right for awhile, so I knew in my gut that this was probably going to happen. I definitely feel much more prepared over all to face this surgery again at some point in the next few weeks, so that’s the positive side of all of this. It’s been a very emotional journey so far with ups & downs, but it has made me realize I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be… and for that I am very thankful. I’m just hoping that through my experience so far with this that I have helped someone who might have been ignoring the signs & writing them off as something else (like I did). I’ve learned that we all face situations & have struggles and even if we don’t know the purpose in all of it, God has a plan. I feel confident & hopeful that sometime in the near future I will be able to say I’m a survivor. Until then, I’ll keep doing what I have to do to take care of myself & keep raising awareness, so that I can maybe help someone else avoid what I’ve been through.

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