Bob Marley passed away 30 years ago...from melanoma!
In honor of Mr. Marley, I am going to use his positive thinking as I research the latest information I have received.
The Wizard called me first thing this morning with the results of the neck CT I had on Monday. Everything looks fine...except for a thyroid nodule. The Wizard asked a few questions, if I had ever had thyroid issues before--I have not--and said that we need to do an ultrasound to make sure the nodule is benign. He did stress that thyroid nodules are usually benign in women, but it is something for us to be concerned about and cannot be ignored. He made me feel more relaxed when he told me that there is no rush for the ultrasound. He will schedule it for when I come to New York for my treatment. Yay...another test for "And.Them." to try to fight! Oh well. I am very blessed that my doctors all take the extra step to make sure I am as healthy as possible. I am incredibly thankful for that.
I used my Google skills to research thyroid nodules. According to the Mayo Clinic--a highly respected facility--most thyroid nodules are benign, but you should seek medical attention if you have any of the following:
- Sudden weight loss even though your appetite is normal or has increased
- A pounding heart
- Trouble sleeping
- Muscle weakness
- Nervousness or irritability
I had to giggle when I read these symptoms. I have cancer. Of course I am irritable! I am the poster child of emotional mood swings! Nervous? Yes, I get nervous over every swollen lymph node, every spike in temperature, any scan, any talk with someone in a lab coat, any day when I just do not feel "right." Muscle weakness? Duh. I am still recovering from 2 major surgeries. Trouble sleeping? Again, anyone with stress has trouble sleeping. A pounding heart? Only when nervous. *see above for when I am nervous.* Sudden weight loss even though appetite has increased? Well, yes. But not enough to make a huge difference.
So, thanks to Google, and Bob Marley, I am going to relax...I am going to pray, cross my fingers, and toes, and hope that the ultrasound will show a benign nodule.
"Singing don't worry about a thing,
cause every little thing
gonna be alright..."