For the Day to Day; Overcoming Thyroid Cancer
Organized by: Heather Lauer
Hello everyone, my name is Heather and I am a 28 year old female that was just diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. It is a papillary cancer, which means there is a 97% success rate… opposed to the other types of cancer that would have left me without so much hope. I went in on Thursday, February 25th for a lobectomy of the L side and they took out 4 suspicious lymph nodes as well. They then biopsied everything they took out and found out that it had spread pretty far. I will have another procedure to remove the R side thyroid and a bunch of lymph nodes. Now, the thyroid is the only part of the body that is reactive to iodine. So fortunately, they can give me a toxic dose of iodine and kill off all of the remaining thyroid cancer cells attached to anything else leaving me cancer free and ALIVE! I will not have to endure chemotherapy or radiation of any kind, thankfully. I will then be like so many other people and take a pill for the rest of my life to take over the job of my once existing thyroid.
I you can believe it…I had some trouble dealing with this information at first… I am a very strong and independent person and very very healthy. I do not take any supplements or prescriptions as it is and to take anything is truly against what I believe in… which is to use food and exercise to stay healthy while having control over my own body. This is my human right! My world was shaken at the thought of having to now take a pill F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!
My boss, who is a Doc and a saint has been co-reviewing my progresses with all of my other docs and surgeons to help me get the best outcome possible for me. He has also helped me think about this in a different light. I realized that I was focusing on something very selfish… So… I have to take a pill for the rest of my life… Big woop… I GET TO LIVE! I get to ski and travel and breathe fresh air and not to mention be around all of the amazing people and pup who love me so much and have been supporting me through every step. I get to grow old, maybe have a family one day and see this beautiful and expansive world we get to exist in… what a gift, right?
So, now I take one step forward every day, even if its 1%... I have moved forward still. I need to be the strong person I am for my friends and family so they can see this is not scary and that I will be just fine. I take my tears and let them flow, but hold a calm and serene outlook that is truly a reflection of who I really am. I can do this and I am amazing. What this experience will do for me and my loved ones can only bring us all to appreciate every day more with gratitude and grace. There is not a moment to waste and for whatever reason this challenge has come to face me, I take it on with all of me and with confidence, knowing that in the bigger spectrum of life… it is a small yet significant part in the larger metamorphosis I have already begun to undergo. From caterpillar to goo then to butterfly I shall transform and no longer fear what most do… death. For I have cheated you and we shall not meet again for a very long time.
All that I know is life… and it is A L I V E!!
Now, the hard part…
I want to ask all of you for help…
Though money and I have not been very close and I have been rich in so many other walks of my world, it is still the driving force behind our existence in providing the things we need. I have a great job and like I mentioned above an exceptional boss, but I am looking to impact a very important person to me. I have been taking a lot of time off work to recover and cope with an overload of information, so savings have run thin. This next year I want to take over guardianship of my cousin and give him the best SR year of HS he could ever ask for. He has been dealt neglectful and abusive parent(s). My 80 year old grandparents have taken over the last 2 years and are the best grandparents an equally great teenager could live with. My goal is to give them a break and be a strong and positive force as a female in his life for his last year as a minor, before he is sent out into the world to further establish his beliefs and set his intentions. I want to be supportive and everything his biological parents could never offer him… Love, the freedom of choice and structure. Him and his brother are so wonderful and deserve the world, though his brother is stuck with his father (otherwise I would gladly take him also).
So, this fund raiser would be to help raise money for me missing work and for my cousin and I to live together this coming summer through his last year of HS. I want to be an outstanding mom figure and immerse myself into his life, because I would have wanted that myself in his shoes. Fortunately, my father was there when my mom (cousin’s mom’s sister) was a terrible parent to me. My Dad adopted me and was the best thing that ever happened when he could have just left after the way he was treated. So, I want to provide a unique type of that for my cousin.
Now, after all this has being said, I want you to take a moment to think of all of the things that you appreciate in your life. The things that you take for granted and that you forget to acknowledge on a regular. Seek the change in yourself to make them more a part of your day to day. Bring them to surface and be happy that you were given those things, for if you leave them unnoticed for too long… they WILL leave you. Sit and reflect on how you are an incredible source of power and are absolutely beautiful, because even if you don’t believe me, it’s true. We all have to fake it until we make it at some point… so now is your time to start. If you are hurting or suffering, just let your mind and body know that it is okay to be weak, but that you are done now. Get rest and repeat that as many times as you need. Please don’t forget to tell yourself that you LOVE YOU. Soon enough you will believe yourself and it feels… new yet great.
I don’t expect you to donate to this, but I mostly want you to step away from reading this with a new perspective. Be the change. Be amazing. Be You Ta Fill You… Beautiful You.
Thank you for your time and your energy. Sending love and light to you as I know it will be returned to me.
If you so choose to donate, I want to express that I appreciate you and cant thank you enough for whatever your contribution entailed.
Gratitude and Grace,
-Heather Rae Lauer