In October 2006, our dad was diagnosed with the very rare and aggressive Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer and given 2-4 weeks to live. After aggressive chemo & radiation (& etc), he beat the odds and remains clear of ATC. #truthabouttc @thycainc
In July 2018, during a “routine” scan, he was diagnosed with a rare Esophageal Cancer, believed to have been brought on by the high-dose radiation he had to beat the ATC so many years ago. Admittedly, my initial thought was... “WTF. This can’t be real life.” 🖕💔😰🤦🏻♀️ But this is real life.
The perspective is not lost on me that we’ve had an incredible 12 years we weren’t supposed to have.... For that, I am grateful. Having perspective, however, does not make it easier. It’s put to test those lessons my parents taught us about love, faith, optimism, drive, passion, compassion, trust, curiosity, determination, never giving up, honesty, believing you can, being kind, working smart, and that details matter. Perspective does not make “only 12 years” okay. Perspective does help you prioritize. Cancer laughs in the face of control freaks like me who just want to “fix” it — but we’ve persisted. And all those life lessons... well, turns out they’re true. 🤷🏻♀️🤔❤️💪🙏 So here we are - October 2018, he just completed yet another aggressive round of chemo & RE-radiation (now a combined total of *61* BRUTAL radiations to the neck area.... 66Gy and 50.4Gy — an insane & unprecedented amount). And he ended that horrific treatment today with a big smile even though I know it was so hard and through fear, optimism, and literal *charred pain. He walked out & asked if I was ready for my conference call (I was). 🤓👍 😍
He rang the bell - for what we hope and pray is the final bell our family ever has to ring against cancer. And we are forever grateful for the love and support we’ve experienced from so many of you!
Still a long road ahead. But today we rang the bell of hope at @mayoclinic
and said, “Not today, cancer!” And it felt pretty damn great. ❤️ #fcancer #mustardseed #beatcancer #cancersucks #byefelicia #byecancer #ibelieveinmiracles #TMIpost
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