Last Tuesday was my return visit to the surgeon with the extra blessing of an ultra sound which revealed that the Radioactive Iodine didn't kill all of the cancerous tissue like they/we had hoped. I knew back when they did the scan that it hadn't eradicated all of it then but their encouragement of wishful thinking that maybe some of it would just be slow in dying off, HUH. So the ultra sound revealed that there are some additional lymph nodes that are suspicious and the cancer has spread to them. The official report from the radiologist should be back late this week hopefully. The surgeon looked at me and, asked if I understood and I said yes. So when I asked what the next step would be, he said once I get the report back I will send it to your endo Dr. stat for her review and we will have a phone consultation. He said that there protocols again that would net to be followed and a certain amount of time between treatments and any other course of action they may want to follow. So it may not be a fast process. He also said "You are taking this well and try not to totally freak out it just yet, even though all indications are such that you would have the right to be freaked out about it. " Having been though Graves disease and thyroid removal and having his cancer reoccur gives me tons of confidence that everything will turn out ok. He really does understand what his patients are going though and understand the emotions when news like this told to someone. He has a very positive attitude about his journey so I would have no reason to not to the same. I will see the endo doctor at the end of March and hope to be able to share what is in store for me next.
After I left the Surgeons office I returned to work...I was a bit teary eyed mainly from disappointment that I wasn't' going to be able to Blog about a more positive result from this appointment. Faith and hope are powerful fear fighters. However I did get over my disappointment pretty quickly and reminded myself that there is still some options and I am looking into all of them. In the mean time back to more reading and researching on additional nutrition geared for the lymphatic system.
One thing that I have been very pleased to be able to share with you is that I am seeing more and more information and stories of team work between Doctors and complementary alternative treatments and the acceptance of them.