Friday, January 30, 2009

I have a frog in my throat...

Look very closely at this picture. Do you see it? I took this back in 2006 during the season when the tiny frogs came out at a pond in the forest. It is just a tiny thing unlike the frog I feel like I have in my throat each day.

I have had my appointment with the specialist and I have a thyroid that is 50% enlarged. It is the entire gland and that is creating the feeling that someone is strangling me and giving me breathing problems. I do not have any hypo/hyper thyroidism which I already knew before the appointment today. And thankfully, I do not have the same problem with carcinoma as my two nieces do. We were worried it could be cancer. All that being said, they are running a few more tests and will go farther into treatment during our next appointment. The gland will continue to grow if not treated. It is due to aging and I had made jokes about feeling old but apparently my body thinks it really is old. The specialist is talking to us about having a radioactive treatment which he hopes would reduce the size of the gland.

I have a long way to go and have been told that the treatment can take a considerable time to have effect but I am feeling very positive about the outcome today. I am so grateful for not having to face surgery at least for the time being. Thank you all so much for your support, positive thoughts and prayers. It has helped me through today!

31 comments:

Maggie said...

Sorry to read about the health problems you are experencing, at least you know now that it is treatable, hope it doesn't take too long.

Take care...Maggie x

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi, I was so relieved when I read the post of your mother and now yours! No surgery, that's good news! I hope you can rest now for awhile at CC or at home ... have a great weekend!!!!!!

Hugs, Carolien

Annemarie said...

Oh, thank goodness! I've thought about you all day! I've heard about this radio active treatment. Does it involve a 'jodiumdrankje'? Anyway, now that they know what it is, at least they will probably know how to deal with it, right?
All the best, dear Heidi, enjoy your weekend!

{{{HUGS}}}

Pondside said...

I'm glad to hear that you now know what is going on Heidi. Not knowing must have been terrible. Now you can approach treatment, as tedious and troubling as it is, with knowledge.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Thank goodness you don't have to have surgery...please know that I will be praying for you, dear friend!

Enjoy your weekend.

Melanie said...

Heidi, I am so glad to hear that it is not cancer and that so far, you don't have to face surgery. Hugs to you.

Lynda ~ Among the Hedgerows said...

The unknown is so much scarier than knowledge! I'm so glad that you now know what you're dealing with and best of all, it can be treated! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for speedy healing.
xo,
Lynda

LissyLou said...

oh i am sorry to hear about your ill health. Bestest wishes to you xx

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh Dear Heidi, I was thinking about you, this afternoon. I'm so happy to see an entry from you. And so happy that it is good news. You must be so relieved.

Even though you have a long way to go, just knowing the answer, is good. And I hope you will be able to relax a bit. At least, more than in a long time.

"It is at the edge of a petal that love waits." ~~William Carlos Williams

Susan in SC said...

This is good news indeed that it is not cancer and be treated without surgery! We will continue to send up lots of prayers for you!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

I am glad to hear its not cancer, I know you have a ways to go, thanks for sharing and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs, Carrie

Rhonda in OK said...

thanks for the update, Heidi. I have been thinking about you.
I am so sorry you must go through this but no surgery sounds like a good thing.

I will be praying that your treatments work quickly and your breathing is easy again.

Ginny said...

What good news, that it's not cancer, and you don't need surgery. It always helps when you know what you're dealing with and have an idea as to how it will be treated. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

sending hugs and prayers to you.

Letty said...

Glad to hear you got good news, have a nice weekend with some relaxing stitching!

Lilysmom said...

Heidi, I'm happy for you that it is not cancer like my other cousins. I hope that the treatment works quickly and doesn't make you uncomfortable. Keep us posted.

Mary said...

You'll never believe it Heidi - that little frog's buddy is stuck in MY throat! Now we have to get together so they can croak at each other!
Joking aside, I'm really glad to know you don't have a cancerous growth. Knowing what it is, and being offered treatment, is half the battle - the unknown is the scariest part - and we do tend to worry ourselves silly don't we? I hope and pray your medical team will find the best way to remedy your problem..........and you know you will be in my prayers daily.

As for me, I've a swallowing problem so have spent part of this week being prodded and x-rayed. Should know more after the results arrive - then may have to have a procedure (upper endoscopy)in a couple of weeks. Always something isn't it dear? As I just told mom in a comment - we'll be OK, and 'we still have places to go and people to see' so must have our health, right?

Bob and I hold you, nd Jos, close in thought and prayer, and wish you well. I just know you'll be fine.
My love, Mary.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Heidi I've been thinking of you and I'm glad that now you know and some scary questions have been answered and it's good. Now you can move forward with whatever treatment they will have in mind.

Take Care and rest sweet friend

Hugs- Karen

Nancy said...

All I can say is WHEWWWWWWWWW.
Guess I won't need a last minute plane ticket now. I love you, put the frog back into the forest and Leave it there.
Hugs and Kisses.
Mom
the word I have to type is strythou
makes me think of synthroid. LOL

Stacey said...

Just wanting to send good wishes your way. I'm glad you won't need surgery, and that it is treatable. May you be blessed with hope, peace, and rest.

Take care of yourself... Stacey

Elly said...

Lieve Heidi. Nou dat is een "pak van mijn hart"! Het was wel een heel spannende tijd. Nu weet je wat het is en ga je voor een goede behandeling. Goed dat jullie zo positief zijn gebleven, hou dat vol. Heel veel succes en sterkte gewenst.
Liefs, Elly

Anonymous said...

I really hope the treatment is quick, effective and without side-effects. Horrid time for you. Thank you for your blog, a new one for me.

Carole

Judy said...

I'm so glad you don't have to have sugery. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Tu blog es precioso, tu casa es preciosa por las fotos y puede que de verdad también. Pronto tendré un blog espero que lo visites.
Pero una cosa el tipo de texto de tu blog es un poco triste de color negrito y además flacucho y al final la foto hace que tu blog tenga un espacio libre sin ocupar, podrías hacerla mas pequeña la foto.
Espero no disgustarte.

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Aunt Amelia
"Was it the smile of early spring,
That made my bosom glow?
'Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.
~~ Anne Bronte

Tone said...

Heidi, my friend!
I am so happy that the doctors finally are trying to find a solution for you!
My cousin has had the same as you - she is going to have the radioactive treatment.
Hope everything turns out ok!

I have been busy for some days - but I always think of you during my prayers - wishing you all the best!

Winterwonderland here in Norway today, a long walk in the forest with the family.

have a nice week!!

Love from Tone

Terri said...

Heidi!
I haven't been doing much blog reading lately and just now saw this. I am so sorry you are ill and I hope and pray this treatment takes care of all of it! Thank God it wasn't cancer!
Talk to you soon.
Love,
Terri

THE TATTERED NEST said...

Dear Heidi, I wish you a quick recovery...I hope the treatments do the trick and you are feeling well soon ! take care...hugs from Minnesota!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Heidi, I pray that you will be okay and that God will heal your body and make you feel better soon. I have heard of this before and know that radioactive treatment can shrink the growths. Just be good to yourself and take each day at a time.

love to you,
Becky

Saar said...

Hi Heidi,
I had the same problem as you and had my thyroid removed 10 years ago. It was very straightforward and I was home after two days. I take 3 tiny thyroid tablets a day and have no problems. Hope all goes well for you. As you would say, Sterkte? (Strength) Here in New Zealand we say Kia Kaha (Be strong).
Regards
Sarah.

Sharon said...

Heidi,
I don't comment often, but want you to know you have my prayers and I hope the radiation will work to reduce the size. I have a very small growth on my left thyroid and they just keep checking it each year to make sure it's not growing. So far, so good.