Monday, August 25, 2014

5 Days Post Op

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Exactly 5 days ago today I would of been in the Operating Room having my Total Thyroidectomy!  It's so crazy to think about how quickly my body has healed and continues to heal each and everyday.

When I came home the inside of my throat was sore (felt almost like Strep Throat) and my arms, chest, and neck felt very stiff, sore, and tight.  Today when I woke up my throat no longer felt like I had Strep Throat and I'm able to move around without having my chest and arms hurt.  My throat where the incision was made is still a bit stiff/tight and the pain is more like an uncomfortable feeling now and I've only been taking some Extra Strength Advil before bed.

Yesterday was a big day for me, I was able to have a shower and wash my hair without getting my neck wet.  Actually washing my body and hair was exhausting and took a lot of my energy but once it was all said and done I felt AMAZING :)

In the next few days I'm going to start introducing more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds into my diet as I want to eat more clean.  Right now I've just been eating things that are easy for me to grab (sandwiches, soup, Ensure, etc). as my energy level is still pretty low and it would take a lot out of me to be standing in the kitchen making my meals.  I'm not 100% sure what my diet is going to consist of as of yet, I just know I want to cut out the process foods.  I originally thought about doing a juice fast but I think I'm going to hold off on that and instead just incorporate juicing into my diet.

Okay well I'm off to rest and relax with my cats and I'll try to come back in a few days with an update :)

Take Care,

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recovering at Home

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I went in for surgery yesterday to have my Total Thyroidectomy and everything went well.

I was in surgery for about 2 hours and was in the recovery room for awhile due to my heart rate not going back to a normal rate.  Eventually I was moved up to my room where I had some morphine put in my IV and rested as much as possible.  My heart rate finally went back to normal in the early morning, they figure I was dehydrated which caused my heart to race.  While my heart was racing I felt completely fine.  They ended up doing blood work on me a total of 4 times and each time it came back fine with my Calcium levels where they should be.  I was given my first thyroid pill (synthroid 100 mg) and was sent home at 2 p.m.

I am currently at home resting and feeling pretty good considering I just had surgery a little over a day ago.  My chest and neck are pretty sore, they feel really bruised and it hurts to move my head, neck, and arms.  I never ended up seeing my surgeon while I was in the hospital and I won't see him until he received the pathology report which could take 1-2 weeks.

I'll leave you with some photos I took over my stay in the hospital :)  I'll be back to give an update when I know more.

Fuck Cancer

Recovering in my room

Discharged and heading home
Take Care,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Quick Update - Surgery

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Sorry I haven't been posting.  I haven't been doing Weight Watcher's for about a month now and haven't really been watching what I've been eating, I've been feeling a bit depressed and stressed which definitely hadn't been helping.

I go in for my surgery to have my entire Thyroid removed at 10am.  I'll try to get back on here in the next week or so to give another update as to how the surgery went and how I'm feeling.

I've received a few emails and I just want to say Thank You for the support.

Okay I need to get to bed and try to get a bit of sleep.

Take Care,

Sunday, July 13, 2014


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So I gained on Saturday when I weighed-in, a whole 1.2 lbs.  I'm okay with it though and here is why ...

My husband hasn't been working since October 2012.  He's been following his dreams and has been working on his art and on his own comic book company (Epic Pony Comics).  With my diagnosis we spoke about him having to get a job where he's bringing in money since we have no idea how long I'll be off work with my surgery and what might come afterwards.  Anyways he ended up going to a security company and completed their week long course and wrote his test where he got 92%.  I was already so proud of him because he has suffered from panic/anxiety disorder most of his life and doing anything new can be very stressful and brings out his anxiety and panic.

On Friday he went for an in house interview at the security company he did the course with and he GOT THE JOB :)  He goes in for orientation Monday - Wednesday and then will be given the choice of working 3 different locations.  To celebrate we went out for dinner where I ate a Avocado/Bacon Burger as well as Parmesan French Fries which were AMAZING!!  The fries were tossed in a garlic aioli and then had fresh Parmesan grated over top.

Anyways after that meal I knew that there was pretty much no way I would see a loss and I was okay with that because life is about having fun and celebrating milestones.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Take Care,

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Still Waiting ...

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I still am waiting on a surgery date, I'm starting to get really annoyed with this waiting game.  They said I'd be in for surgery within 8 weeks and this Wednesday will be 5 weeks since my diagnosis.  I really hope they call this week because I just want to start the process and kick Cancer's ass!!

Yesterday I weighed in and was down 3.2 lbs :)  That is a total of 17.6 lbs!  I have to say that I'm really proud of myself, usually I would of thrown in the towel by now and started gaining the weight back.  I've been more focused this time around and I truly want to get healthy, stay healthy, and live a long life.

Yesterday we also went to my parents house because my sister flew in from British Columbia for the week and I haven't seen her since Christmas.  It was nice just spending the day at my parents visiting with them, my sister, my brother, and my Godparents.  We had homemade hamburgers, as well as potato, macaroni, and garden salads that my mom made, it was all so delicious!  For dessert we had mini angel food cakes with fresh strawberries and light whipped cream.

Here's to another successful week!  Please keep your fingers crossed that I hear from the surgeon's office this week.

Take Care,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Still Struggling

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As you can see I tracked up until Thursday, you can also see I still struggled on Saturday when I used 24 Weekly Points as well as my 34 Daily Points.  I will do better this week, I can feel it.

Even though I didn't do that great last week, and Thursday and Friday were a shit show I still managed to lose 0.8 lbs, not great but it's a loss none the less.

One of the main reasons that I didn't track on Thursday and Friday is because I was feeling really negative and depressed.  I just kept thinking about my Cancer diagnosis and what the future might hold.  I have been trying my best to stay as positive as possible and I guess it finally caught up to me.  I gave myself those 2 days to feel sorry for myself, lay around in bed, and eat horribly.  However I did tell myself that when I woke up Saturday morning I would change my mood and thoughts around and suck it up no matter how I actually felt or what the scale said.  I woke up and saw the following quote on Instagram and it hit home ...

 "It all begins and ends in your mind.  What you give power to has power over you, if you allow it" -- Leon Brown

This quote is so true, and I am choosing to not let those negative/depressing thoughts take over my mind anymore.  I'm sure in my future I will have more days like Thursday and Friday and I think that is okay as long as I'm able to turn it around after a day or two.

So here's to another week of staying positive and turning my life around to be a healthier one.

Take Care,

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Gain

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So I gained weight again this week, wasn't a surprise though since from about Monday on I stopped tracking and didn't go on any walks.  This week I'm up 1.6 lbs.  Enough is enough and I'm back on track starting NOW.  I had ate some left over samosas and was still feeling like "I don't care" but then I told myself to snap out of it, logged into Weight Watcher's and tracked those samosas which cost me half of my Points for the day!

I need to remember that I'm doing this for me, I want to be healthy and to live a long life!!  I promise to track every day this week and to prove I do I will post my Weight Watcher tracker for the week next Saturday :)  I also need to get back into exercising and not just going for walks, I need to start doing some exercise videos as well.

I hope everyone has another great week and that your weekend is full of fun and relaxation :)

Take Care,

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Gained 2lbs

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So as the title says, I gained 2 lbs this week.  I could be disappointed about this but I choose not to be, I know where I went wrong and how to fix the issue :)

With my cancer diagnosis I've been trying to eat fairly clean and with that came buying a juicer.  We've been juicing a lot this week, however I didn't know how to track it on Weight Watchers.  I just assumed that since Weight Watcher's tracks most fruits and vegetables as 0 Points that my juices would therefore be 0 Points as well.  This morning when I stepped on the scale and I was up I knew it was the juice and decided to do some research.  I realize now that I should of been placing my juice ingredients (oranges, carrots, kale, pineapple, apples, etc.) into the Recipe Builder and coming up with the Points this way.  I ended up doing this for my Orange and Carrot juice and found out that instead of the juice being 0 Points it was actually 5 Points, oops.  I made an honest mistake and I'm okay with it :)

Other than the juice mishap I had a great week.  We ate fairly healthy all week with the occasional chocolate treat which was obviously tracked.  This coming week I'm going to try and do a complete Juice Diet for at least 3 days to see how I feel, it the 3 days go well I might try for an entire week!  Has anyone else done a Juice Diet?  If Yes, how did you feel afterwards?  What is your favourite combination?  So far my favouriet juice combination is Kale, Pineapple, and Granny Smith Apple.  I also really enjoyed Orange and Carrot :)

Okay well I'm off for the day to do some shopping and stocking up on my fruits and veggies.  I hope everyone had a great week and continues to have a great weekend!!

Take Care,

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Down 3.2 lbs this week!!!

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I weighed in about an hour ago and was happy to see I'm down 3.2 lbs this week :)  So in total I'm down 17.2 lbs and I received my 5% milestone!!

I'm feeling really good and having such a nice loss this week was definitely helped boost my mood.

Today's going to be a pretty relaxing day, my husband is heading over to his dad's to help with some renovations on his condo and I'm babysitting later this afternoon.  I have a feeling that before I go babysitting my day will just consist of relaxing, cuddling with the cats, and doing more research on Thyroid Cancer.

Take Care and I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend :)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thyroid Update

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On Wednesday I went in to see my Thyroid Specialist and get my biopsy results.  As I sat in the chair waiting I was thinking positive thoughts, those thoughts soon changed when not only my doctor but 3 other doctors entered my room.  My doctor sat down and said something no one wants to hear "You have Cancer".  Deep down from the moment I had the first ultrasound of my Thyroid taken I knew it was Cancer, but hearing a doctor tell you that changes everything.

I am a Level 2 so that means I need to have surgery as soon as possible, like in the next 8 weeks.  They will contact me 2-3 weeks prior to my surgery date.  I will be having a total Thyroidectomy as well as possibly having the lymph nodes around and under my thyroid removed.  I will go in for my surgery in the morning, spend the night to have further tests done and then should be released the following day around noon.

With all the news I have been trying to stay strong and positive.  I know that ultimately I'm going to be okay.  There are a few issues that can come with the surgery but nothing life threatening, so for that I am thankful.  After the surgery I'll be placed on some Thyroid medications that I will have to take for the rest of my life and I won't find out until after my Thyroid has been removed and tested whether I'll have to have Radiation or not.

Please feel free to ask any questions or tell me about your experience if you've had/have Thyroid Cancer as I'd love to hear from you.

I think that's it for the update, when I have more information I'll be sure to share it.

Take Care,