Sterling's Cancer Blog

9 years, but who's counting?

Well my "cancerversary" is in October, but after 9 years of scheduling appointments, my yearly oncologist visit has migrated to late December.  I just had my follow up with the endocrinologist today.  Basically I just had some blood tests this year.  The markers (thyroglobulin antibodies) continue to show I am "athyrotic"...meaning no new thyroid growth.  So that is a good thing.  My TSH has creeped up to 2.1, which while normal is probably a bit higher than they would like to insure no future growth of thyroid tissue.

My endocrinologist, whom I respect, says "'re safe.  There's less than a 0.1% chance of recurrence at this point." 
However, the oncologist wants to monitor me for one more year.  At the end of the 10th year I get the full monty....thyroxine shots, I-131 tracer and gamma scan.  Not a fan of any scans, but I guess I can do one more.

My endocrinologist seems more concerned about my A1C, which has been in the upper 5's to around 6.  Last time it was 5.5, so we shall see.  He says as people get older they lose lean muscle mass, and lean muscle mass is what helps metabolism.

Next up neurologist.

Generally, I have been well.  Got every vaccination known to man.  At the internist, they gave me the pneumonia vaccine in one arm and the flu vaccine in the other.  We've avoided most of the crud, but been staying in mostly.

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and blessed 2022.

3 people like this post.
Helen Marshall, Olga sent you a hug.
Sign in or sign up to post a comment.
Happy 9 years, glad to hear it went well. I’ve known for years how complicated the thyroid is, but I think I underestimated just how complicated; you can get a normal reading but then need more intrusive testing that could show your “real” count, etc. I guess they will increase you mcg dose? I never knew that about lean muscle mass and metabolism. I’m due for pneumonia next year and tetanus/pertussis too. Hope all goes well with the neurologist. Overall good news. God bless 😘
Sterling likes this comment
Great news!! Happy New year. Hope it is a healthy one for all of us.
Amen !
Great to hear good news. Continued good health.
Sterling likes this comment
Happy Nine Year milestone! That is awesome! It sounds like you are doing well and being monitored for any "what-ifs." Here's to no what ifs and many, many more healthy milestones!
Sterling likes this comment
Congratulations and keep 😉 enjoying!!
Sterling likes this comment
Im so happy for you Sterling! Stay healthy and safe. Hugs and love and always prayers. Sabina
Sterling likes this comment
Good to hear from you Sabina. Hope you stay healthy and safe as well.
Congrats on 9 years!!! Didn’t know there was lean muscle and metabolism are related; the things you learn. Hope your holidays were lovely and you continue to do great!
Sterling likes this comment
Sign in or sign up to post a comment.

I am thankful

I am thankful for Jill who created this site.

I am thankful for all the people on blogforacure who understand all the emotional and physical challenges that come with cancer.

I am thankful that despite the fact that many have suffered far more than I have, they understand and are compassionate enough to support me and their other fellow travelers on this journey.

In all my years I have never found anything that speaks to me more than "A Confederate Soldier's Prayer"

  Just before burying him on the field, the grave-diggers made the usual search of the body. Inside the shirt pocket was a sheet of paper. On it this common soldier a day or so earlier had scrawled some thoughts. They were a statement of what life meant to him. As such, the words are an everlasting testimonial to one simple human being.

   The soldier wrote:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly how to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for – but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

4 people like this post.
Smurf, Pen sent you a prayer.
4 people sent you a hug.
Sign in or sign up to post a comment.
May you have a Happy Thanksgiving with many blessings!
Sterling likes this comment
I am so thankful for you. Love this prayer. I haven't heard it before. Have a fantastic day. xoxox
Sterling likes this comment
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing something so dear to your heart. ❤
Sterling likes this comment
That’s a beautiful prayer, I never heard of it, brings tears to your eyes. Thank you. Hope you and family had a great Thanksgiving. Joe and I and Blanche were alone this year but it was actually nice, different, though I’d rather Pete and Mom be here. I recently read that thyroid cancer is a tough one to go through, more so than others, because the thyroid is so important for body functions and well being and when it’s off kilter, it’s brutal. They only experience I have is being hypo after my first chemo in 1991-92 and honestly, I felt like I was a mess but didn’t know why until my TSH came back. So I can’t imagine what thyroid cancer must be like. 😘
Sterling likes this comment
Sign in or sign up to post a comment.
rollerFetching more entries....

Vital Info


November 12, 2012


Cancer Info

Thyroid Cancer

October 31, 2012

Stage 1



No energy.

Learning to be patient.

Mostly hypothyroid type symptoms.


Posts: 50
Photos: 10
Events: 8
Supporters: 38
Friends: 50
-Made: 26
-Received: 515
-Posts: 98623
-Photos: 7452

New Here?

We are a community of cancer survivors supporting each other. Sign up to comment or create your own cancer blog. Already a member? Sign in