How We Got Started:
I lost my mother to colon cancer. It sucked. From diagnosis to death was one week. I don't know why she wasn't diagnosed and treated sooner... she certainly went to the doctor plenty of times in the years proceeding her death, complaining of pain, bloating and flu like symptoms. Maybe it was because she was self employed and didn't have insurance. Or maybe modern medicine really did suck that bad in 1998.
I lost my mother-in-law to complications of pancreatic cancer ten years later.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Some people say that if you gotta get a cancer, that's the one to have. Tell that to Roger Ebert. At my sickest, before I was diagnosed, I was a hyperthyroid, trim and fit size 4 with lots of energy. I worked during the day, went out at night and did it all again the next day. I felt great After diagnosis, surgery and radiation, my metabolism went away. I went from a size 4 to a size 14. No energy, no drive, no going out.. life changed. I did the best I could. Try loosing weight without a thyroid.. it's tough. Try the low-iodine diet.. that's another story altogether.
For years before my diagnosis, my doctor told me that a hyperthyroid condition was never cancer. She wasn't alone. Two endocrinologists before her said the same thing. They were wrong, and by the time I was diagnosed, there was lymph node involvement and no clear margins. Treatment required the highest dose of radiation possible.
I started myTCmall in 2009 to raise money to donate to thyroid cancer awareness. I thought that funding awareness programs would lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for thyroid cancer patients. I can admit when I'm wrong.
In 2013, I got diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma... breast cancer.... the aggressive kind (and by the grace of God, the most treatable). I told my husband that he was lucky man... I got the cancer that made me fat and now I have the one that makes me flat and bald. He wanted to laugh, I think.
A quick shout out to Dr. Dennis Slamon, the man responsible for the targeted therapy Herceptin. Without this man and his research, I would have been a goner for sure. Before Herceptin, the prognosis was 6 months to a year. I'm two years out and still NED (no evidence of disease).
Last year I lost a great friend to primary peritoneal cancer. Cancer really does freaking suck!
I am a two time cancer survivor. I get it now, that we don't need any more awareness programs... I have yet to meet a person who wasn't aware of cancer. We need to find better treatments that will lead us to a cure.
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In health and happiness,