2010 Update so far: Corrie’s Married, Brent’s Engaged, and I’ve got Thyroid Cancer

I got you, didn’t I.

It’s kind of strange.

You say “Cancer” and every one freezes.

I call it “Junior Varsity” cancer (JVC).  Or cancer lite.

It’s one of the most treatable, cure-able cancers one can be lucky enough to have.

They yank most, if not all, of your thyroid out.

You take a little pill that has the hormones to replace your thyroid’s hormone output (this may take some monkeying around, but there is no pain, cutting or blood involved).

And, should your lymph nodes be contaminated with JVC, in six to twelve weeks, you swallow another radioactive pill, and it wipes out all traces of the evil nasty enemy combatant.

Life goes on with very little disruption, with one exception:  its recommended that when planning air travel, you carry a note from your doctor.  The radiation remaining in your body will probably set off TSA monitors while going through security, at which point, six or eight TSA guards will jump you, nailing you to the ground.  But apart from that, the health risks of JVC, the surgery, or the after-surgery daily process, are minimal.

Seems pretty straightforward to me.

My only beef is that I’d like them to yank it out of me sooner, rather than later.

I’ve been told to be thankful they’ll get me in to yank it out in less than three weeks.  The surgeon normally books out six weeks or more.  This means I’m waiting less than half the time most of his patients wait.  Patience, as my kids will testify, has never been my strong suit. Patience in being a patient is definitely not my cup of tea.

Anyway, apart from this little development, 2010 is off to a great start.

Corrie and Jeff’s wedding was fabulous.

We got to know Brent’s fiance, Lacy, and she’s adorable.  We all understand why he’s completely smitten.  We are, too.

We remember, every day, to count our blessings.

Even the blessing of JVC.

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