My world came to a complete halt when I found out I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer this last February. It’s truly an indescribable feeling hearing the “C” word for the first time. My mind went to so many dark places and it was very difficult to process – especially with the doctors and even peers who would say “Oh, at least it’s Thyroid Cancer! That’s the one to get!”. I almost felt guilty for being nervous or sad because it was the “good” cancer. There is nothing good about Thyroid Cancer, but there’s so much good that came out of my experience. I had my total thyroidectomy on March 25th, and my voice was gone for a full 2 1/2 months after. I am a singer, so this process of healing has been difficult, but I have a whole new perspective on life and on myself. I am strong, resilient, and love a whole lot harder than before. I often have had “Why God?” moments during all of this and I did not want cancer to be a part of my story. Now, it’s a story I am honored to tell and a scar I am honored to wear.
For those of you who are recently diagnosed or are struggling through your healing process, I want you to know that there’s going to be a lot of “why?” moments, and that’s ok. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to be angry. It’s ok to be scared. Some days you will feel defeated, but remember that you are not alone. Cancer will try and steal your joy, but remember that you are a fighter. A family friend said that he couldn’t get “this ends well” out of his head when he heard about my diagnosis, and it’s now a quote that myself, and my family and friends live by. Now, It is for you. Sometimes you’ll wonder if the hard and painful moments will ever end, but I’m here to tell you that they do – and they end well. You got this. Keep going. This ends well.
Alyx, we want to thank you for your participation in Survivor Sunday!
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