I’m gonna tell you all about my radiation. Promise.

But today I’m gonna tell you about my visit to the endocrinologist.

I had bloodwork done a few days ahead of time, and I started making a list of questions I wanted to ask him, one way or the other.

Why is my neck still swollen and sometimes numb? Is that going to go away?

When will my immune system return to normal? (I had flu that hung on for two weeks this month!)

Is my voice as good as it’s going to get? I still don’t have a lot of volume and range…

Questions I ended up not having to ask – because for now, nothing further is necessary 🙂

My T3, T4 and TSH were all checked. They are right where he wants them. They have to be a bit elevated because of the history of cancer cells.

For the uninitiated, those are all measures of my thyroid hormones. And as a refresher, since I had my thyroid removed, I have to take synthroid – synthetic thyroid hormone. My body obviously doesn’t produce any more, and your body has to have some.

He also had my thyroglobulin checked.

This is a cancer marker.

High numbers mean there are cancer cells prevalent. Low numbers mean not so much.

Before I had my radiation therapy in August, mine was a little high. Not bad, but enough he wanted all my remaining thyroid cells ablated.

Today, it was low. Way low. Low enough he was smiling when he checked the results, and he never smiles.

This means that the cells I had are dead or dying from the radiation. It worked. I don’t need to do any more till next February.

Then, I will have a chest x-ray, an ultrasound, and more bloodwork.

My swelling and numbness may go away in a few more months. My voice may get better. My immune system will get better with time.

I’m just taking that in stride instead of pushing him for more definitive answers.

There are none where cancer is concerned.

That’s really been the hardest part. I’ve been lucky enough to be pretty healthy all my life, and I am used to going to a doc for whatever small ailment I have, getting a pill, that fixes it, end of story.

This story never ends. I’ll have to be checked occasionally for life, in case it returns.

But for now, I’m free till February!

So this is for you, papillary thyroid cancer. I rule. You drool. I’m kicking your ass!!!