Apr 30, 2011 - 2:34 am
Yup. I'm on my 3rd recurrence of Hurthle Cell cancer, surgery number 5 coming on May 4th. Long story short, diagnosed with HCC Dec. 2003. TT Feb. 2004, followed by RAI. Subsequent check ups for three years, fine and dandy. 2007 scan showed a recurrence. Had another dose of RAI, but it didn't work. A year later had surgery for a lesion on my left posterior hip. Easy surgery, outpatient, 1 1/2 hour surgery (or procedure, as they like to sugar coat it). Subsequent blood tests showed my thyroglobulin was still rising. Subesequent PET scan in May 2009, clean. Blood tests in Nov. 2009 showed my thyroglobulin had quadrupled since May. Subesequent PET scan in Jan. 2010 showed spots near my stomach. An endoscopy, CT scan and liver biopsy later, metastasis to my liver. Liver resection in March 2010. Subesequent blood tests were clean until Nov. 2010. Thyroglobulin rising again, from undetected below .2 to .3. Blood tests in Feb. 2011 showed elevated thyrglobulin up to 4.5. PET scan showed another metastasis, to the same spot in my left hip bone, just behind the previous disection and bone cement.
If you can believe it, I was actually relieved when my doctor told me it was in my hip bone again. Why? Well, a hell of a lot beter than being in my liver again. That was a really tough surgery. Also, it's basically the same surgery as 2008. He can use the same incision spot, so just will be the same scar. Recovery time is only 3-4 weeks.
Am I happy to have another recurrence? Hell no! But I just thank God it wasn't my liver again. The truth is, I'll never be cured of this cancer, NEVER! I look at it as a nuisance, if you can ever think of any kind of cancer as being a nuisance. It's a disease that's not curable.
So, I will carry on, keep the smile on my face to hide the aggravation and pain, and know it's always 5 o'clock somewhere. I just want to be there, at 5 o'clock, always and forever, whether in reality or just my mind, it will always be happy hour.
To all my sisters and brothers fighting HCC or any kind of cancer, I salute and support you. Though our paths may not be the same, they are parallel.