Some people say that their cancer experience is like “getting hit by a bus”.
Having watched some of my friends battle their various forms of cancer, yeah, the analogy is pretty good.
Not all cancers are the same though.
Take my personal
favorite, thyroid cancer.
Not usually a “bus” diagnosis.
Most thyroid cancer patients get a diagnosis that is more like:
being dragged down the road
by a Ford Pinto
Yeah, it doesn’t kill us quickly – it drags it out a looooooooooonnnnngggg time.
Surgery (often multiple surgeries)
pills the rest of our lives
blood work every 3 months
scans at least once a year (usually more often)
learning new words: bone density, I-131, WBS, RAI, PET/CT, ultrasound, thyroglobulin, Thyrogen, TSH, T4, T3, Free T4/T3, endocrinology, neck dissection, thyroid storm, beta blockers, calcium deficiency, parathyroid glands, avid versus non-avid, I-123, calcium supplements, Vitamin D, PCOS, arthritis, GI problems, hot/cold flashes, constant chronic pain, antidepressants . . .
it goes on
So, for the cancer snobs out there – for those who say “you don’t look sick”, those who say “at least it’s the good kind” just remember . . . whether you’ve been hit by the bus or are getting dragged down the road slowly by the Ford Pinto (on fire) the final destination is the same!