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Lisa’s Story (Thyroid Cancer)

Lisa's Story (Thyroid Cancer)I’m 36 years old and a mother of four amazing children. In 2008 a mass was found in an MRI. After undergoing a complete thyroidectomy and a round of I131 I was cancer free.

In 2009 after an abnormal Tg/Ta it was found to have come back. I again had two more rounds of I131 treatment and finally after years of not even a PET scan detecting the mass I underwent surgery again this past November. After three months post-op my labs were still increasing. After having a CT scan of my chest it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized in my lungs.

Last Friday I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and told that there is no chemo, no radiation, or surgery available for this type of cancer. I’m not going to give up, I have too much to lose and too much faith to let this bring me down. I’m going to #FIGHTLIKEAGIRL.

Submitted 04/25/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Margo

    Lisa – there’s no rhyme or reason why these things happen. In the aftermath of hearing such unbelievable and incomprehensible news the pieces have to be put together. I know you, girl. You’ve had to put plenty of pieces together out of nothing at all. You’ve always been strong in the face of really crummy odds. You can fight this and, I know, you will fight it. You have your kids to fight for and what greater reason to fight than for them? Keep the faith, good vibes, and positive people around you. Believe, visualize, and know you will get well. Remember to eat food that helps fight cancer and exercise as you can. You have many people who care about you and keep you lifted up in prayer. I’m part of team Lisa and you’re damn skippy – FIGHT LIKE A GIRL – love you!!!

    • Lisa Resendez

      Margo, love you and yes I have been through a lot in my life and even if it brought me to my knees I stood up again. I love the prayers and support. It’s amazing. I love me now, more than I ever have in my life. So thank you for being a part of my life.

  2. Esther Idrogo

    Fight like a girl!! You can do it!!
    Keep the faith xoxo

    • Lisa Resendez

      Thank you Esther and I’m going to do just that fight until I can’t fight anymore

  3. Sheri

    Hoping for the best outcome for you and so admiring of your fighting spirit!

    • Lisa Resendez

      Thank you Sheri, I’m holding on to my faith and trusting in the Lord. There’s no other choice.

  4. Connie

    Probably the only time where “fighting like a girl” is a positive thing. You are one of the strongest and most faith filled woman I know. We know you’re not giving up! We will all be there for you every step of the way! You can always count on your friends and family to give you all the positive and loving feelings (no homo). I hope that what we are doing is helping you out at least a little bit. We hope you’ll always ask for help because it will ALWAYS be given to you. God has always and will always provide for his children. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear not for He is always by your side. F U have any questions..C U Next TUESDAY. 🙂 I love you so much and you can always count on me.

    • Lisa Resendez

      Ahhh I love you so much Connie…lol you’re crazy. And I’m positive that God knows where he puts us, where we go through and why. I’m overwhelmed with the way that even though I would prefer not to be going through this, but now that I’m here to feel blessed that I’m surrounded by love. And I know that I am not alone. And yes F U have any concerns about me then tell me when I C U next Tuesday you nut!!! LOL

  5. Squire

    Hi Lisa,…..I’m a friend of a friend and so far a survivor. The biggest fear one such as I has is of a recurrence. I admire your brave stance and hope that I’m man enough to stand up and fight like a girl if it is ever called for. Good luck.

    • Lisa Resendez

      Thank you for your kind words. And how does saying go? You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.

  6. Janelle sterner

    Simply said, you are amazing. You have really touched my heart with your wonderful positive attitude. I just finished 6 months of chemotherapy for stage 3 breast cancer. Next step is radiation. Thank you for sharing your story and showing me your love for life. I know you will never give up and you will be in my prayers. If you would ever need an ear, please feel free to send me an email.
    Much love sent your way,

    • Lisa Resendez

      Janelle your words brought tears to my eyes. I hope that you are doing better now. I know it must not have been easy for you. I read about other people’s battles and I see it here at the hospital where I work. And I don’t complain about my life because someone always has it worse. So I try and remain positive because I don’t allow myself to entertain any horrible thoughts I can’t let my babies down. Janelle same goes for you, if you need me email me. I’m here for you. Just pray for my babies and I.

      • Lisa resendez

        If you get a chance, read my story posted on this sight, I think it might be on page 3 . My 9 year old son was such an inspiration to me with his words, I think you would like it too.
        Stay strong

  7. Erika Garza-Johnson

    I suffer from depression which makes it very hard to just smile sometimes. Yet, when I see your smile and read your positive comments and posts, I can’t help but feel inspired. You, my friend, are bringing light to my world. I am praying for you and if you need anything at all let me know.
    Fight like a girl!!

    • Lisa Resendez

      Erika I’m in awe of your post. I know that depression isn’t easy. I struggle with not giving into it every so often.My friend I am just overwhelmed with your words. I always smile that’s just me . But you have my number anytime you want to talk I’m here for you as well.

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