•  On Friday, 3/25/11, The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid.  Below are blog posts with updates on my health. Posts are listed with the most recent at the top.

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    TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
    Rejoice in hope, Endure in affliction, Persevere in prayer

     Dear Friends and Family,

    (Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

    Well, stitches have been out a week, my scar is healing pretty nicely.  I have been pretty tired, but that’s about it.  A little back pain, and still no regular voice yet.  No singing in church or any lullabies to the girls at night.  L

    Brandy and I went to the endocrinologist yesterday to find out what the next step is.  As of today, I will stop taking my thyroid medication.  I was on a pretty low dose, which was most likely the reason why I have been more tired than normal, but now, without any medicine, I should start to get really tired.  But hey – what else is new, right?  With four kids, I know what being tired is all about!  Haha!  The doc said I will be hypothyroid (essentially no thyroid hormone) for about 2-3 weeks until they can get a DIFFERENT hormone high enough in my blood.  Once this hormone is high enough (2-3 weeks) I will be able to do my radioactive iodine treatment, which consists of isolating myself at home, taking some pills and then radiating stuff out for a few days.  Sounds scary, but I guess it’s ok.  At worst I might have a sore throat.  No nausea, which is good.  Brandy will take the girls (and the dog at his insistence) up to his parents’ house for a few days and come to check on me a couple of times a day.

    After 2-4 days of this, I will go in for a full body scan so that they can see if there are any leftover thyroid cells – cancerous or non – in my body.  If there are some still left, we repeat this process of radioactive iodine in another year.  If all are destroyed, I’m good to go.  After the scan, it will be a few weeks to months of trying to get a good level for my thyroid medicine; too much and I will be shaky and unable to concentrate, too little and I will be lethargic and blah.  So that will be interesting! 

    So these next couple of weeks will be a challenge as far as keeping my energy level up.  Right now I get pretty tired quickly, so I imagine without any medicine I will be even more so.  The doc did say there is a chance that it won’t really affect me much.  Pray for this!  Thank God Brandy will be home and out of school to help.   When all is said and done, I should be over this hurdle within 4-6 weeks!  Praise God!  

    I continue to pray for those whose struggles with cancer are much more difficult than mine.  Our good friend's brother is suffering very much from a brain tumor.  He was just accepted into medical school with a very promising career ahead of him.  He is 25 years old.  Usually tumors like this will respond well to radiation treatment, but he is in the 10% of the population whose tumor is not responding.  He is in extreme pain and does not want to undergo any more treatment.  Please keep him in your prayers.  I am offering up my suffering for his healing, if it is God's will, or for his quick path to heaven.  

     Today's reading from the New Testament is a beautiful reminder of what it means to be Christian:

    "Brothers and Sisters: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.  Do not grow in slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation."  (Romans 12:9-16)

    In Christ,

    Shauna

    May 31, 2011 @ 2:17 PM


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