Archive for April, 2012

More bad news…


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Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it sometimes does. I have some news to share with my readers… My mom and I have been through tough times the past 2.5 years. She is battling papillary thyroid cancer and is having her radioactive iodine treatment this week. She has had to be on a low iodine diet for two weeks, which has been really tough. Iodine is in almost everything! But hopefully she will have great results with the ablation of another thyroid cancer cells.

Well last week, I received some bad news myself. After having some “stomach” problems over the last several months, I went to my doctor for some testing. Turns out, I have very large mass growing in my pelvis, which could be ovarian cancer. I am shocked and saddened. After Ct Scans, Ultrasounds, and MRI’s they are still not sure if it is malignant or benign. So I will have it all removed next Tuesday May 8th. I am still stunned by all this and have tried to remain focused on my mom’s treatment as well as my own. I will keep you posted cyber-friends.  In the meantime, I will look forward to traveling to Italy in June! 🙂


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Happy 77th Birthday Mom


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April 16th. Today is my mom’s 77th Birthday. She means more to me than she will ever know. I lost my dad when I was 15 due to a massive heart attack when he was 44. She became both mom and dad. Both comforter and discipliner. That was over 30 years ago.

Almost 3 years ago she survived a stroke that damaged the right side of her brain. In February she was diagnosed with Stage II Thyroid cancer. But she is still here and today we will celebrate her birthday! Happy Birthday to my mom and my friend. Even though we sometimes don’t see eye-to-eye, she keeps me level headed and on my toes. She makes me strive to be a better person every day and she loves me unconditionally…she is my MOM.

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