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Being Cancer Survivors: Facing Misconceptions

“As a cancer survivor, you will have to deal with public misconceptions. You do get used to it, and some of my friends even have a little fun with it. As cancer survivors, it is our responsibility to correct these myths the healthy community hears. My friends, and fellow survivors, shared their experiences on this subject.”

Read the rest at Everyday Health.

Update on the WEGO Health Activist Awards

Thank you for nominating Cancer Girl for the Best In Show: Twitter Award!  We’re all very excited.

You have until December 31st to endorse her nomination here.

And don’t forget that you still have time to nominate your favorite health activist in one of 16 categories.

http://info.wegohealth.com/health-activist-awards-2012/

Announcing the 2012 WEGO Health Activist Awards!

It’s that time of year again! If you have enjoyed our hijinks this year, please consider nominating a member of Team Thyroid for a Health Activist Award.

Best Ensemble Cast Award
Awarded to a group who advocates with tireless dedication and wide-reaching impact. Nominate your favorite organization, community, group, or foundation.

Hilarious Health Activist Award
Awarded to the Health Activist who makes you laugh alongside their advocacy.  Nominate your favorite comedian.

Rookie of the Year Award
Awarded to a Health Activist who came on the scene in 2012 but has inspired the entire community. Nominate your favorite newbie.

There are many other categories you can nominate us for.

The Day I Became A Cancer Patient

On Nov. 12, 2008, around 4 p.m., my phone finally rang. It’d been a month since my partial thyroidectomy, and despite calling daily, I had not received my pathology results. I had no idea if I was a cancer patient or not—and I wanted to know. It was my surgeon’s scheduler, saying that I had an appointment at 8 a.m. the following morning. I asked why I had to come in, since a month ago, he’d promised to call me with the results so I could avoid the 500-mile round trip. When my questions weren’t answered, I knew it was cancer.

Read the rest at Everyday Health.

Cancerversary Celebration

Four years ago today, at 5:00 a.m., I sat in the pre-op waiting room of my hospital’s cancer center, clutching a stuffed animal and sobbing.  I was about to have my first major surgery – a surgery for a condition we weren’t sure I had.  The surgeon gave me one more opportunity to cancel the surgery because he was confident it wasn’t cancer, and I was certain it was.  All morning, countless doctors, residents, interns, and nurses came and went in a blur.  Sign this form, sign that form, will you donate your thyroid to research?, if you don’t stop crying we’re going to have to sedate you, this is how the robotics are going to go in your throat and remove the right half, etc, etc. Read More…