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It’s That Time Again…

9 Jan

bloodwork

Oh no, not again. Yup, it’s that time of year. Time for the blood-work and all the check-ups to see if the cancer is back. Since this is the 2 year mark I only have to get the tests done every six months or until they see something different. Remember last August they did see a little something but nothing substantial enough for action. Well, today they took four vials of blood to see if there are any changes. Two of the vials are going to California for that ‘unique’ test to see if I have tumor markers signifying cancer. Unfortunately since its a test given to rare cases like me, I have to wait 3-4 weeks for the results…ahhh fun times. Otherwise, my doctor said all seemed ok. While at the doctors office I got in a conversation with a gentleman in the small waiting area amidst the patient rooms while I was waiting for the phlebotomist to collect my blood. He asked what I was getting blood-work for and then he asked,’ Well, thyroid cancer is the best cancer to get right?” As you know, most thyroid cancer survivors don’t appreciate that statement, no cancer is good cancer. Anyhow, I replied, ‘ For some,’ then I asked if he was being seen for something. He proceeded to tell me with teary eyes that 35 years ago his wife had lymphoma (cancer of lymph nodes) followed 10 years later with pancreatic cancer, then 5 years ago, colon cancer, and now they think thyroid cancer. So, I repeated the very phrase that I dislike to him, ‘Well, thyroid cancer is the best cancer to get, easily treated for sure.’ I couldn’t believe what this couple has been through and I was so grateful that I was hopefully on the tail end of my cancer journey.

So here I am today, if the results are good then I will be over two years cancer free. For me, a mile marker easing my mind that quite possibly it’s over and maybe I can finally adjust to my new normal. What’s bad about today and all the tests,  is that it brought back those feelings of anxiety and insecurity; it was a reminder that yes, I had cancer, it’s come back a few times and no, I have no control over it. It’s so crazy and sad and depressing, but of course I was blessed with a quote on a radio talk show about the future at exactly the time I got into my car and turned on the radio after the appointment. The host was talking about the future and quoted Abe Lincoln, “The best part about the future is that it happens one day at a time.” How awesome is that? I just finished my appt and bloodwork from one arm and was headed to another lab for bloodwork on the other arm and heard that on the radio! God is good, that’s the truth, one day at a time, no control. I don’t know what the results will be one month from now but there is nothing I can do until then. Life moves on so I must continue seeking that magic. The blessing now is that once again I am reminded of the brevity of life and I can’t wait to continue living it.

Today I wear Buxom Full Bodied Lip Gloss in Hot Mama. First of all, I love the Buxom glosses. They are moisturizing and have beautiful color…these are some of my favorites. Hot mama is red of course and I love it both for the color and the name; hot mama, I wish! Cheers!

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10 Responses to “It’s That Time Again…”

  1. Jo Heroux January 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    You so totally are a Hot Mama. Hoping and praying and knowing the tests will come back clean!

    • Anna January 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks for your prayers! Working on the hot mama part:)

  2. Linda Bays Justice January 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I understand the waiting & how fear can come up out of seemingly nowhere. God bless you & prayers for you.

    • Anna January 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Thank you Linda…NO FEAR!

  3. Facing Cancer Together January 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Thinking of you and hoping the results come out totally cancer free. ~Catherine

    • Anna January 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks Catherine!

  4. Langley January 12, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Praying for a good result. I love this quote: “The best
    part about the future is that it happens one day at a time.” Thanks
    for sharing that, I needed it.

    • Anna January 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank you Langley! I love the quote too, I’ve been repeating it several times a day since I heard it…my new mantra for 2013!

  5. Word Nerd January 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m praying for your continued good health! ♥

    • Anna January 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you Beth!

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