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.
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 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 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.