Radioactive Iodine Treatment
I want to update everyone who has supported me through my crazy Thyroid Cancer health scare I encountered abruptly in February. I now sit in my bedroom, in solitary confinement, after receiving my final treatment of Radioactive Iodine to act as a “clean up” for any residual, remaining cancerous matter.
But before I update you, can we just stop and ask the question, how me, a super healthy, fit 35 year old had a slow-growing cancerous nodule on my Thyroid in the first place?
I’m not going to cite research into why (childhood and adult) cancer is at an all time high, I’m coming at this from the angle of using my good old common sense. If you truly want a wake up call, with all the science and statistics, watch The Truth About Cancer.
The truth is, I wasn’t always as healthy and informed as I am now:
Jackson was my HEALTH wake-up call upon his diagnosis with ‘Autism’ 5 years ago. It took our family’s health crisis to WAKE UP and understand how far away from health our society and we were. Since then, everything in my life has changed. When a perfectly healthy child becomes incredibly sick, to the point of not speaking, pointing or interacting, you WAKE UP. When Jackson’s health was compromised the phrase “health is wealth” took on a whole new meaning. Nothing else matters when your child is sick.
America is one of the richest countries, with one of the most advanced medical systems, and yet we’re one of the sickest. Why? Why are autism, allergies, ADD, cancers, obesity and chronic illnesses at an all time high? Why weren’t we seeing these diseases 100 years ago? What has changed? Our environment and exposures to toxicity!
Thank you, Maya Angelou, now that I know better, I do better. I’ve cleaned up our environment and the toxic exposures I can control. I trust my “mommy instinct” and research something that doesn’t feel right. I’d rather spend my money on quality sourced food than shoes. I choose to surround myself with people who lift me up and cheer me on. I’m much more focused, spiritual and conscious of my thoughts and self-talk. I believe in the power of affirmations, visualizing and beliefs. I am awake! And now that I’m here, there’s no going back.
Ok, so back to the title of this post, Radioactive Iodine treatment. I’m sitting here in my bedroom, fully radioactive, needing to be secluded from my kids, husband and animals. During my Thyroidectomy in February, a sample of 13 lymph nodes were taken, and 4 ended up harboring cancerous matter, so this radioactive iodine serves as a “cleanup” measure.
This morning, I was scanned to figure out the area they hoped to target and the necessary dose of radioactive iodine. I then waited 2 hours while the dose (in pill form) was hand delivered to the hospital. I asked if I could take a picture of the packaging it came in, but they said that was a definite NO, that their jobs would be on the line. I swallowed the pill, downed a glass of water, and they then measured me with a Geiger Counter to measure my level of radioactivity. I am now required to stay in isolation for 7 days as the radioactivity leaves my body. I feel good, nothing about me feels radioactive, so I’m going to enjoy this ‘staycation’ and time to myself to reflect, reconnect and move forward.
Believe me, there’s nothing that excites me about putting this foreign substance in my body. I put a lot of thought and research into my different options to clear my body of the remaining cancer, and after much discussion with my Endocrinologist and holistic doctor, this is my choice and path and know it will lead me to fully heal. I’m relieved to be putting this health hiccup behind me. It has motivated me even more to choose the path of health and wellness.
Thank you for all the well wishes, support and prayers. Misha, parents and friends have been an amazing support system to help with the kids and delivering me my meals, allowing me this time to fully concentrate on myself. I’m surrounded by such love and light, and know that this is Cancer chapter is ending, opening up space for heath, healing, and peace. Keeping it real is the name of the game. I’m a straight shooter, open book, and filled with gratitude.