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 "Psssh....you'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.

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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 😘
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Great news!! Happy New year. Hope it is a healthy one for all of us.
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Great to hear good news. Continued good health.
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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!
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Congratulations and keep 😉 enjoying!!
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Im so happy for you Sterling! Stay healthy and safe. Hugs and love and always prayers. Sabina
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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!
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November 12, 2012

Missouri

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Thyroid Cancer

October 31, 2012

Stage 1

No

Thyroidectomy

No energy.

Learning to be patient.

Mostly hypothyroid type symptoms.

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