In February 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In September 2010, I was declared in remission. In December 2010, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was told I would have to have the other half of my thyroid removed. In February 2011, I had it removed, and was told that it was also malignant.
Then in August, finally some good news. I was pregnant. And we have since found out we are having another baby boy and he is due on Easter Sunday.
I am classed as a “high risk” pregnancy. To be totally honest, I thought that if anything was going to make for a complicated pregnancy, it would be because of my 6 months of chemo. I was wrong. What makes for a complicated pregnancy, is my thyroid, or lack of. I never thought that not having a thyroid would class me as a high risk pregnancy. Apparently, it does.
I was told the other day that I talk about my cancer a lot. I think that when you have had cancer, it never goes away, even when you are in remission. When even something as nice as pregnancy is made high risk because of it, you know that it was and still is a big deal. Can you ever really move on, even when you want to?
This pregnancy has seen me have to have extra growth scans, blood tests and echo cardiograms due to my medical history. Thankfully, everything so far has come back clear which is a relief. I just hope that it continues to be that way.
In the meantime, here’s hoping for a happy, healthy and cancer free 2012!
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