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Even Grobanites get the blues

according2marie's picture
on June 11, 2013 - 5:51pm

This has been one crazy year and it keeps getting crazier.

Last fall I lost a beloved relative after suffering some complications after several strokes she had. In January, I lost another relative. By April, I was being shunned by even more family members.

I thought things would get better and then we had something happen. In January a doctor ordered my mom to have this one test and it showed nodules around the thyroid. Well, they kept looking and found more than one. By late May, it was clear that she needed surgery. Last week, we got the news: It's thyroid cancer.

This has hit me pretty hard since the relative that died last fall was one I was close with but her daughter was super selfish and made it impossible for me to say good-bye. I know that while my mom's outlook is much better (thyroid cancer has a 80% or greater survival rate), it still stings.

It also hit me rather hard because of my own health. I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Disease. It's basically where the immune system thinks that my thyroid is public enemy #1 and it's attacking it to oblivion. One of my doctors told me two weeks before my mom's diagnosis that I have a high risk of developing thyroid cancer because of the disease.

Despite this, I found out something interesting: Grobanites are pretty supportive of each other. No sooner than I mentioned it to a few of them, they surrounded me with a ton of support and encouragement.

It's going to be a tough few months. Mom needs to have the rest of her thyroid removed. I'm also undergoing treatment for back pain due to spinal stenosis and degenerative discs. Thankfully I know one thing: Even though us Grobanites also get the blues, we have a great network of people to stick by us.

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