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Good Cancer?

Is there such a thing? I'm quoting my doctor here- if I had to have cancer this is the one I would want to have.

Two weeks ago, I found out I have thyroid cancer (papillary thyroid carcinoma- to be exact). Apparently, this is the most common type of thyroid cancer and is most prevalent in women. The main thing is- one: people don't die from this type of cancer (sigh of relief) and two: you don't have to have chemo (double sigh of relief). This of course is for the majority of cases and as always there are exceptions to the rule.

April 30th I will be having surgery to remove my entire thyroid. 4-6 weeks later, I will be taking radioactive iodine to kill any residual cancer cells. This treatment according to the doctor is standard and typically cures patients.

Now I could go on and on about facts and figures and "what ifs" but that is just focusing on negative energy. My focus right now is on God. He has gotten me through many tougher times in my life.

The only thing that is messing with my head right now is the "c" word. This is not a typical cancer with the standard chemo and radiation. I thank God for that! But to think I have cancer inside of my body right now. Whatever I have done or put into my body has caused- it's a wake up call. We are not indestructible (not that I ever thought I was) and I need to take care of this body- that God gave me.

One of my favorite scripture is James 1: 2-4. Above is a piece I have been working on to hang in my office.

“Consider it pure joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have it's perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing". - James 1: 2-4

I want to be perfect and complete for Jesus. That doesn't mean I want to go through this kind of stuff. It does calm my soul to think God has a purpose behind everything I have been through.

This situation has changed really my perspective on things. I would like to think that I live everyday as if God could call me home tomorrow. Except do I really do that? Do I live without fear? Am I bold for God? Do I spend my time with my family and people who matter? Do I make a difference in this world? I'm still trying to figure it all out (but isn't everyone). So over the next few weeks I'm planning on writing and posting about my experience with thyroid cancer. I'm hoping it will help others who are faced with trials in their life or at the very least be free therapy for myself.