In November, I went back on the dreaded low iodine diet and was given a low dose of radioactive iodine, in order to have a full body scan. The full body scan was to show whether or not I still have any residual thyroid cells or cancer cells left in my body. There was also a blood test, to detect Thyroglobulin, which would also tell us whether or not I still have cancer or thyroid cells in my body.RAI Scan (1) RAI Scan (2)

Today I went to see my consultant, to find out if my radiotherapy has worked or not. To find out if I still have Cancer or not. And to find out if I need more treatment.

My biggest fear, was cancer spread (metastasis). My husband and I, have prepared ourselves for the last few weeks, to hear that I may need more treatment, but we couldn’t face preparing for any worse a scenario.

So what was the result?

I’ll let these pictures tell you…Mummy Beat Cancer Again (7)Mummy Beat Cancer Again (10)

Mummy Beat Cancer Again (12)

Mummy Beat Cancer Again (2)

I am cancer free AND I don’t need any more treatment!

Thyroglobulin was completely undetectable in my blood, and my scan results were (in my consultants words) “perfect”. I’ve also been told, that to have both results so good, means I have very little chance of the cancer returning. I will have yearly follow-up appointments for the rest of my life, to check, but, it’s the best result I could have asked for.

I was rather overwhelmed at the result. I spent the next hour in tears, and ended up at Maggies Cancer Centre, having a cup of tea with the psychologist there, to calm down.

I am thrilled with the result.

I am so grateful to all three of my radiographers, who not only treated me, but were there to comfort me when I cried, keep things light hearted when I needed to laugh, and just chat, when I needed to. I will miss Dawn the most, as she became like a friend to me. She is a credit to the NHS, a wonderful person, and she gives the best hugs!

I am obviously also hugely thankful to my brilliant surgeon, who cut out the tumour and my thyroid, without damaging my vocal chords (or anything else).

And I am thankful to my consultant, for using his skill to make all the correct decisions, which lead to my cure.

I am thankful to Maggies Cancer Centre and MacMillan Cancer Support, for all their help, emotionally and practically.

I am thankful to Sarah, the blogger behind Mum of Three World… for EVERYTHING she has done for me over the last year. She is an angel in disguise.

I am thankful to every single one of my readers, who has messaged me, one way or another, messages of support, hope, wishes and prayers. You all got me through.

And of course, I am thankful for my family, my husband and my incredible children.

2013 has been quite a journey. One dominated by cancer. But I am leaving that cancer firmly in 2013, and looking forward to a new start in 2014.

Please, if you haven’t already… go and sign up for #EmmasArmy against Cancer. It’s a huge fundraising campaign I am running next year, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is for anyone and everyone to get involved in. You don’t have to be a parent and you don’t have to be a blogger.

Thankyou for your support.

  1. Patricia Walker says:

    I am so happy to read this news! I followed your posts closely and quietly as my daughter is 3yrs into her 2nd remission from a form of leukemia and she firmly believes she will stay cancer free now. You are a credit to yourself and your family – if you hadn’t been strong enough to deal with it all then they could not hope to. Blessings to you all – this is such a wonderful time to celebrate!

  2. Hazel Christopher says:

    Haven’t been following your blog very long but sat here with tears in my eyes, I am so thrilled you have had such wonderful news and I’m also pleased you found out just before Christmas as I imagine not knowing over the festive period would have left a bit of a cloud of worry over you all. Well done to you for kicking cancers butt!

  3. Misty says:

    Absolutely fantastic news Emma! You’re such a strong woman to have faced what you have and come out the other side. Couldn’t be happier for you!
    Fantastic pictures by the way, so adorable x

  4. liska says:

    I have been out all day and I turned on my computer ONLY for this ONLY for this. Been praying all week.
    Haven’t even taken my boots off yet or put the kettle or heating on. I only wanted to get the laptop on and hear this news.
    I never dreamed of news this good. You have lots of guardian angels my girl and it sounds like some of them are in the real world.

    Much love, Liska x
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  5. Faded Seaside Mama says:

    I actually don’t think there is a better Christmas present than the news you’ve just shared with us. I am so incredibly thrilled for you and for your wonderful family. I may not know you in person, but I have cried alongside you as you endured some hideous treatments. But now I am crying again, but with relief and happiness for you. Well done and congratulations! Now go and have the most awesome Christmas imaginable! xx
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  6. Aida says:

    I’m so so happy for you Emma, what an amazing Christmas present! May 2014 be a wonderful year for you and the whole family. Looking forward to working with #EmmasArmy Merry Christmas!!! xx

  7. Julie says:

    YAAAAYYYY. Well done – so pleased for you. U must be over the moon. Think I already sponsored but I will check. I also got similar news today that my breast cancer has had a complete response to the chemotherapy. So pleased for us both – means we can enjoy a happy Christmas with our families πŸ™‚ Thoughts are with those of our friends/family still battling. Well done again x

  8. Chris Fowler says:

    I couldn’t have wished to read a better blig. You have reduced me to tears but of joy and relief for you and your family. Ever since Faye Hatcher told me about you at work, I have followed your story.
    Here is to 2014 and may this be a inspiration to anyone who has to suffer this dreadful disease.
    Happy Christmas and HAPPY New Year to you and all of your family .
    Chris Fowler x

  9. Rachel hirst says:

    Such an emotional post, I have tears on my laptop, It really touched me and I am so so pleased for you and your family, I know I don’t know you but I am so happy 2014 will be more positive for you, you and your family deserve it.Merry Christmas have an absolute massive celebration, I bet you are still grinning from ear to ear xxx

  10. Dawnie says:

    Well done. You were strong before and now even stronger. I love my job. I get to meet amazing people and we try our best to get you through it BUT if I could do it with hugs rather than radioiodine it would be awesome.
    Have a fab Christmas Dawnie x

  11. Demelsa Coleman says:

    Oh Emma what WONDERFUL news! Scrolling down those pictures made me cry with happiness. This must be the best Christmas present EVER for you and your family. I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating your good health and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. On behalf of the Brewery and myself, we wish you all the very best for the future! Stay in touch about celebrating at Peppa Pig world! πŸ™‚ Demelsa xxxxxxxx

  12. MummyTries says:

    Oh Emma that’s the most amazing news. I know I don’t know you, but I have tears in my eyes after reading this. BEST Christmas present ever for you and your family. Enjoy the festivities. You are awesome xx
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  13. Jaylene says:

    Emma: Hi, my daughter and I met you at Waitrose on a very busy lunch hour with your beautiful twin girls! I had the great privilege of praying for you as you headed into your last treatment. I am so thankful to God that He has healed you! Such amazing news. I am glad I didn’t stop by any of the other news article, but came straight to the source to read such amazing words! I hope that you are still doing well! I will keep praying for you! Much love, Jaylene

    • Emma Day says:

      Hi Jaylene, Thank you very much for stopping by to comment. And thank you again for your prayers. I often think of you. Such a kind and wonderful person. Thank you. x

  14. Alex says:

    Hi Emma, your story is really a motivation for many people out there who are suffering from cancer and I am really happy for you, I hope you are doing good now.

  15. KyRoamer says:

    The low iodine diet no longer has to be dreaded. On Facebook search for The LID Life Community. The community will guide you through low iodine diets, Radioactive Iodine treatments and Whole Body Scans.

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