About

Hi there – I’m Julee.

I’m a long-divorced mother of three grown children, and grandmother of two adorable toddlers. You’ll ‘meet’ them as we go along.

I have several blogs, but I wanted to do one specifically dealing with my journey thus far with papillary thyroid cancer. It’s a journey that, hopefully, I’ve already seen the ‘worst’ of… but the one thing I have finally learned these last few months is this – there are no quick answers, no easy answers, and no absolute answers where cancer is concerned.

My need for instant gratification wasn’t satisfied, and it drove me insane till I finally decided it was best to just kick back and accept it as it is!

I wanted to do one post on another blog of mine about this chapter in my life, but it grew way too long, and way too sombre. I waited till the verdict was in concerning whether or not the cancer had spread – because I waited till I knew that for certain before I told my children. That blog is tied to Networked Blogs, and new posts automatically post to my Facebook page. I didn’t want my kids reading about it until I’d decided the time was right to tell them.

I’ll be setting this one up to do the same.

I’ve blogged about it on another blog, and I may just import posts from there, clean them up, and tell my story that way, up till present day. Lazy? yes! Those posts are far more lighthearted than the long, drawn-out post I’ve been drafting for days – I’d rather import them and clean them up than craft new ones!

That blog isn’t ‘searchable’ – and I want this one to be exactly that – searchable – because reading other people’s blogs was invaluable to me as I went through these initial months of diagnosis and all the uncertainty that followed.

I’ve dealt with this the same way I deal with any other adversity in life – with a warped sense of humor. It’s how I roll, and it’s my hope that anyone else finding this who’s dealing with any type of cancer will learn to laugh in its face as I have. Laughter is, after all, good medicine!

Welcome – and feel free to follow along, post comments, ask questions… I’ll answer them if I have the answers!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Ritscher
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 14:45:46

    I can relate to some of what you have been through. I had a mixed tumor of the salivary gland. They went in expecting to find a lump to incise and found an “octopus”. Surgery took way longer than planned. When I woke up after surgery the doctor asked me to whistle. I was??????, but tried anyway…with good results. The tumor had been wrapped around the main nerve on the left side of my face and he was checking for any sign of nerve damage. Thank goodness-none.
    I admire your courage and sense of humor taking everything in stride. One of my niece’s had thyroid surgery and is having some frustrating times and poor reactions to the medications I will direct her to your blog so she can see she is not alone and things will get better. Hang in there Julee and keep up the good work. Having the grandkids around will make you younger once you adapt to their energy level…lol

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  2. Tiffany F.
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 11:07:19

    I just received my radioactive iodine treatment approximately half an hour ago for papillary carcinoma and, out of curiosity, wanted to know what fun things I could do while being radioactive. *Think getting a spider bite… haha That’s how I came across your blog.

    Anyway your list is hilarious! Thank you for giving me a good laugh to the start of my isolation. I must say, having papillary carcinoma is such an isolating disease. Not just are there no support groups in my area, but having to go on an iodine-free diet really does not help! My friends and family have been so accommodating in having me over for iodine-free meals, but breaking bread has become difficult… We can’t simply go to a restaurant or get take-out… or even go for drinks anymore. I’m glad there are amazing resources online such as Thyca and your blog to help all of us through this.

    Just an aside as I see Linda’s reply above. I also had a poor outcome with my surgery. The surgeon had to remove adjacent muscle as the tumor had grown out of its capsule and into both local lymph nodes and muscle. During recovery I developed a huge hematoma at the incision site that required the drainage of 10mL of blood. It may not sound like a lot, but as it was isolated to just my neck, its a hefty bit. If anyone notices a bulging protrusion and redness see a doctor immediately because it may be the same thing.

    The worse is over… And to Linda. I hope all goes well with your niece.

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  3. Ialy Allen
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 09:55:30

    I am so happy to hear your sense of humor about the whole thing ..Glad you are were doing so well at the time due to the date of post how you are doing today !!!!!!! Did you ever find anything cool you could do while being radio-active !!!!!!!!

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