Wednesday, June 8


On Monday evening, I got a call that stopped my world. It was my mom, and she had bad news. She told me that she was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I went completely numb and had no idea what to think or how to react. I tried to stay calm for her, since I could tell she had been crying. She told me that she had 3 spots on her thyroid and one on her lymph node, which they had removed during her surgery. They only told her that she had cancer, and that she would need treatment. So we had no idea how bad it was.

I told her I was coming home, and right when I hung up, it hit me. I fell on the floor and started sobbing. Maisy and Pep knew something was wrong and were just frozen, looking at me. I called Doug, who was on his way home from work, and he rushed home and drove me to my parents' house.

We had no idea what to expect. I would alternate between feeling panicked and thinking the worst, to being optimistic, to feeling completely numb. That night, we tried to keep our minds off of it as much as possible, as we didn't want to jump to any conclusions about how severe it could be.

The next day, Mom, Dad, and I went to the appointment where we received great news. There are 4 kinds of thyroid cancer, and she has the best one! It's Stage 1 Papillary Carcenoma. We were worried that because it had spread to her lymph node, it would be metastatic, but apparently thyroid cancer is the only cancer that isn't more severe if it is in the lymph node. She will have treatment in August, when she has healed from her surgery. It is radioactive iodine that will kill all of the thyroid cells left in her body, and she will need to be isolated from people and pets during it (for three days I think) because of the radioactivity.

 During those 17 hours where I didn't know how bad it was (she knew all day Monday but waited to tell me until I was home after work), I was terrified at the thought of losing my mom. She's my best friend. She will be the one who teaches me how to be a good mom, and she's the one who I call for advice about whether or not to buy this comforter I found. (She said to buy it, so I did...good call, Mom!)

We are SO THANKFUL that the prognosis is positive, as there is a 96% survival rate of 20 years from this type of cancer. After receiving the good news, my mom and I had a little celebration yesterday. We ate at Olive Garden (her favorite), got cupcakes, went to a movie, and watched the Bachelorette. I love my mom and don't know what I'd do without her!!


J and A said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh scary. SO so glad that you received some good news out of all of that. Thinking of you guys. Hugs.

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your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Christy said... Best Blogger Tips

I know someone who just went through this EXACT same thing. She found out on a Friday & had to wait all weekend expecting the worst. She too had the "best" one and I am happy to report she is doing great. It was an adjustment at first, but after some treatment & lots of rest she is feeling close to 100%. I'm s glad you got good news out of this. Good luck to your mom!! Your family will be in my thoughts!

Jenn W. said... Best Blogger Tips

Scary. I know it would be so scary to hear my mom tell me she had answer any way shape or form. Thankfully it isn't the worst stage or type. Prayers for a complete healing for your mom and peace for each and every family member. Love on your mom :)

Shelley said... Best Blogger Tips

My heart just stopped reading this! I am so sorry that you have to go through this, but thankfully the prognosis looks very very VERY promising! I 100% understand what you are going through and how it feels to have a parent go through this. My dad had a form of Lymphoma back in 1998 and my grandma had lung cancer in 2002 and those are the times that I will never forget. I know this is all very sudden for you, but please know that if you ever need to talk...I'm here to listen. Best wishes to your mom and to you and your family!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I hate that your moms having to deal with this! I couldn't believe it when my mom told me the other day. I love your mama too and I will be praying for her! I'm so glad that you guys got the best news possible fro. Her doctor!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

so thankful its as good as it can be! My mom has a thyroid disease {not nearly as serious as cancer!} and had to do the radioactive was crazy! She had to sleep in an different room than my dad and even use another bathroom! Praying!

Just Me said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie and Candy,

I will be praying, praying, praying. My mom has done this as well. Scary! I have to believe that God has many more years of relationship in store for you guys! Please let me know if there's something I can do....I'm not too far away.

Much love and prayers coming your way!

Miss Southern Vol said... Best Blogger Tips

Ahh you poor thing. I am soo sorry yall are going through that. Its tough going through I deal with it everyday you realize how much your family means and how scary life can really be. Im soo happy she had some positive results!!

sburton1130 said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry to hear this but so glad it's very treatable! My mom had stage four lymphoma three years ago so I know exactly what you're going through. God is in the healing business for sure! Praying for you guys!

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Oh my goodness, Julie. My heart dropped when I read this. I can't imagine how you felt. I'm so sorry that she (and you) have to go through this, but I'm sooo happy that it's treatable!

You all are in my thoughts! Let me know if you EVER need to talk. I'm here for you - no matter what!

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sorry to hear the news, but grateful that it has turned positive! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mama!

KatieB. said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I am so sorry for your mom and your family. Your mom is just a precious woman so I know God has plans to watch over her! I'll keep her in my prayers!

Lesley Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, it breaks my heart to hear about this! I am so sorry your mom has to go through that, but glad there is some positive news in the midst of everything. God is Sovereign and will pull you guys through! Keep clinging to the promise of Zeph. 3:17, and call me if you need me!

Lai Yen Yi said... Best Blogger Tips

be positive! ^^

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

You brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad that it's the best kind, even though I know that's still awful. Praying for y' much!!

Ruth said... Best Blogger Tips

I hate to hear that. I am glad he has the best kind. Y'all will be in my prayers.

Michaela said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry sweet friend! But so glad to hear the positive news, also! Praying for you and your family, and especially your mama! Keep us updated (:

Heather Nelsen said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I am so relieved to know that it was caught early and it treatable. Ugh... I was crying through your post so I can only imagine how you felt. We will definitely be praying for you and your mom. I know you'll keep us updated. Glad you were able to celebrate with her!

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what great news :) praying for your family!

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