Mother and Daughter Health Journey

mother and daughter

“…I take life one day at a time and always push through no matter what it is I face.” – Mary-Ann

This mother and daughter duo have gone thru some very difficult times but with a lot of love and a lot of support from their family and friends they were able to overcome this long journey.

“Everything was going well, I was 20 years old and I had just been accepted into Pharmacy School. About a week later the news came – my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember being so afraid when I first heard it. From then on we started taking care of her as much as possible and preparing for her mastectomy.

During that time I went to see my doctor for my regular checkup and that is when the nurse practitioner felt a lump on my throat. She gave me an order for a sonogram and that is when the results showed there was a mass on my thyroid. I was sent to get a biopsy, and I went to my doctor to review the results the day before my mom mastectomy was scheduled. The doctor then told me I had thyroid cancer and that I needed to remove my thyroid as soon as possible. I would also need radioactive iodine treatment, intended to kill any of the remaining thyroid cells.

Moving now to my mom, the doctors were able to able to remove all of the cancer cells from my mom and was able to go home after two days in the hospital. They sent her oral medications to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back but thankfully she wouldn’t need any radiation or chemotherapy. Once she recovered a bit more we gave her the news of my thyroid cancer.

We immediately started looking for a surgeon who specialized in thyroid cancer and found on that many had recommended. Exactly two weeks after my mom recovered I went into surgery. The surgery went well as they were able to remove everything that had to be eliminated including some lymph nodes around it that it spread to. I spent about three days in the hospital before I went home.

About a month and a half later I went back for my radiation treatment, under which had to stay isolated in a hospital room for 24 hours. Once that was over I had a pet scan done which showed that my body was finally clear of any cancerous cells. I was given a pill to take very morning to substitute the function of my thyroid gland.

About a month later, I started pharmacy school. The first semester was really tough, especially since it was so different from what I had been used to in school before and I was still felling strong symptoms from my treatments. But I got through it. I just finished my second year of pharmacy school and both my mom and I have been in remission for two years. There are still days when I don’t feel very well, but I take life one day at a time and always push through no matter what it is I face.”

I personally know Marry-Ann and am so happy for her and her mother. I admire how strong they were during the whole process from the initial consultations to the final procedures. Just learning you or a loved one has been diagnosed with something is scary but it is important to think positively. I know that she will strive in Pharmacy school and will demolish her goals!

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