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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today...was my last treatment!


I no longer have to walk through this door anymore!
Today was my last treatment. You would think I would be jumping up and down celebrating...yes and no, I am very happy that today is my last treatment, but no not jumping up and down! A new mood has settled over me. I can say I am nervous. I still have to have an exit scan to see if the treatments did what they were supposed to do...cure the cancer!

I no longer have to lay on this table to receive treatments.
Will I miss this room...the answer is a resounding NO! Will I miss the encouraging words and the calming pats of reassurance, YES! My sister asked me today..."so, how do you feel?". I really wasn't sure at first what to say...a part of me wanted to run outside and shout at the heavens "I'm DONE!", then on the other hand a part of me held me right there on my seat cushion and answered "I'm nervous" and realized that was the truest statement. Today was not a true celebration. There will be a day though where I will have cause to do so. Today was one of thankfulness. And I am OK with that.

This butterfly represents Thyroid Cancer Survivors. Since the thyroid is shaped as a butterfly it seems to fit. And with all the meanings one can form from the symbol of the butterfly. Metamorphosis, the 'stage to stage' if you will. Or one to take flight on their new journey, cancer free. So, friends I offer this butterfly as my thank you gift for all the wonderful outpouring of support and kindness you all have bestowed on me. Please copy this and attach to your blogs to set this awareness on it's path.

Thyroid Cancer Diagnoses Predicted To Set New Record in 2008
ThyCa Urges Early Detection Through Neck Checks

Thyroid cancer, one of the few cancers that is increasing in incidence, is expected to reach a new record of 37,340 people newly diagnosed in the United States in 2008, reports ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association.

This record total is more than 11 percent higher than last year’s record numbers, and about double the number from 10 years ago, according to information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society.

Thyroid cancer is now the 6Th most common cancer in women. About three times as many women as men get thyroid cancer. It has several types and variants,. It affects people in all age groups, from young children through senior citizens.

Thyroid cancer is usually treatable when found early.

A total of 28,410 women and 8,930 men are expected to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. The number of deaths is expected to increase by almost 4% over last year, to 1,590 in 2008.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. urges everyone to learn about thyroid cancer and to ask for a neck check at each doctor's appointment.

Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased its incidence rate over the past several years. About 40,000 people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2009. September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., encourages people to ask for a neck check the next time they visit their doctor. Signs to discuss with the physician include a lump or fullness in the neck, lymph node swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or voice changes.
I hope you will help me raise awareness among family and friends. Please join me in supporting THYA:Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Assoc.

I hope to come back soon and post a clean bill of health and claim the new title of SURVIVOR!
Again, I can't thank you and my family & friends enough for the loving support I have received through this fight. I hope you accept my gift of the blue butterfly on this post as the gift of awareness. Blue/purple are the colors that represent Thyroid Cancer. As the butterfly, too (which represents the shape of the Thyroid). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving...I know that I will be having a lot to be thankful for this year!
With much love,

107 comments:

Leah said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear sweetie!

so many hugs,

Leah

Josh said...

grats trouble :)

Cherry, ThyCa Volunteer said...

Hi Robyn,
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, and for helping others learn more about thyroid cancer and connect with ThyCa. All good wishes for your health and your future.
Cherry

Maija said...

I am so glad that part is over, and I will pray for an encouraging end tes result!
oxox

just bob said...

I'm sure it will be a very grand Thanksgiving! I'm happy for you.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Have a beautiful, thankful Thanksgiving. You are admired.

MJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

Randy said...

Robyn,
Your definately a survivor!
Your one of the strongest people I know. Im very optimistic! And I know you will never give up on anything. I wish you and Jim a very happy Thanks Giving.
Many hugs and kisses.
Your friend always,
Randy

INNER VOICES said...

RIGHT THE FUCK ON!!!

*pumps fist in air*

happy days are here again...

Robocop said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Charmingdesigns said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!Glad that part of it over for you!! You're in my prayers! laurie

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Robyn ~ so happy for you! I'm sure your test results will be just great!!! ~Stacy~

Romany Angel said...

Dearest Robyn

I am so glad for you that part is over with. Now for the waiting....Something tells me you will be wearing that Survivor label very soon, or at least that is my dearest wish for you.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Kookaburra said...

You bloody ripper!!

Robyn, I am so pleased for you.
Your positive attitude shone through all your treatments.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Praise the LORD.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!!

Sandy said...

Fabulous news! Thanks for the information ~ very helpful for us all.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Many Blessings,
Sandy

CSI Seattle said...

I look forward to a positive outcome.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Walker said...

YAY!!!!

Perfect post for today
Happy Thanksgiving

Terri and Bob said...

You probably realize how badly I want you to kick thyroid cancer's ass. My dad would want you to do something he couldn't! I will post the ribbon and butterfly in honor of you and my dad!

Random Chick said...

Hey there, Robyn!!! I knew when you first posted about this that you were a survivor. Now, you can tell your story and change lives. I think this happened for a reason, don't you?

I am thankful that I got to know you and I can also tell your story.

Can't wait to read more fun posts!!!
XOXOXO
RC

Rosemary said...

Hi Robyn,
Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!!
So glad you had your last treatment.
Thanks for all of the information.
I did not know some of that before.
Take good care,
Rosemary

Sandra Evertson said...

Sending you Good thoughts and well wishes and Seasons Greetings, I hope you are doing well!
Sandra Evertson

Trooper Thorn said...

Please give us an update Robyn!

~Kristen~ said...

BIG {{{{{{hugs}}}} girlie!!! I am so happy that things went well for you!!! You are always in my thoughts!!!

Suzanne said...

Hummmmmmmm. I commented quite some time ago (was close to #1 or think I was #1), but guess I exited without it posting. I didn't check, so wasn't aware. I just went back to make sure. Nope. It isn't here. Do I have to think for me all the time? Jeeeeeeeze.

Hi honey!!! Good for you. I'm going to have to read all the comments when I'm through writing this, so will probably be back, but right now Leah is looking at me. Very seriously I might add. What have I done wrong?!

I'm proud of you darling. You're an amazing lady and friend. You're also a constant inspiration. The "Hugs" video is playing in a loop for you!!!

Love you so much,
Me

Suzanne said...

I did post first because none of these comments where here when I was here. Unfortunately, I didn't post first because I'm at the bottom. Blogger! It's such a tricky-dicky. ;)

The comments are SO wonderful. You deserve each and every one. You're a remarkable woman. Fight like hell baby.

I LOVE YOU!!!
XO

P.S. Swear to God, almost exited without posting this. What's my problem???!!!

Ruthann said...

Hey girl, just checking in on you...so glad your treatments are over. You are in my prayers!
God Bless You!
Ruthann

Terri and Bob said...

Where are you dag nub it?

Julie said...

Yahoo for You!!!!!

Kookaburra said...

Peace and goodwill to you and your family this Christmas and best wishes for 2009.

Walker said...

I hope all is well with you.
Merry Christmas to you and yours

Suzanne said...

I emailed but it was returned. Good lord. I'll figure it out and remail it.

Merry Christmas my darling. Your card was much appreciated. I thought of you today at the park as I was struggling though something. I thought "If she can do that, I can do this!" Honestly. I love you baby. 2009's looking really pretty!! I love you so very much.

XO

Josh said...

merry christmas

Gina said...

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you!

Leah said...

Hi doll! Happy New Year! xo

Walker said...

I hope you have a Happy New Year :)

paige said...

sweetest robyn
i am just so mad at myself for not checking in the last few weeks, but i am THRILLED you are done with treatments.
what answers to prayers...i might not have checked in but i pinkyswear i prayed for you many times.
yeah robyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xo

Jimmy Bastard said...

I always said you was one tough little cookie. I'l have this smile on my face for the rest of the week.

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