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The cancer surgeon

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This was my scariest doctor appointment. My BP which is boringly normal shot up to 140. I was anxious. Fortunately, my son was with me to help keep the perspective and lend a reassuring arm.

I was scared because this was the next step. I wanted to feel this woman was the right surgeon for me. She is. Dr Vasquez is a board certified surgeon with an endocrinology specialty from the Mayo clinic. She was energetic, thorough in her explanation, reassuring. I liked her. Like my other specialists she loves what she does, is knowledgeable, and is personable. That is a relief.

Next I will need my lymph glands in my neck mapped. This is to see if the cancer has spread outside my thyroid. This will determine the extent of the surgery. I have my appointment on Monday. This is the next step in staging. If negative, no worries. If positive, lots of worries. So I will be glad when it is done.

My surgery is in October. This is a relief too. After my long illness with RA, I am behind in many things. This timing gives me a chance to regroup.

I came home with surgical scrub soap, an appointment with the anesthesiologist, lots of instructions. It is an overnight stay in the hospital. It will take a week to recover. Sounds good to me.

I was exhausted. Even my blood sugar went up. It was break time. I put away my thyroid manual, my sexy cancer tips, and decided I will revisit after the ultrasound.


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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.


  1. Fantastic that you found a surgeon you are so comfortable with! What did they tell you about your RA meds during the surgery and recovery? I had shoulder surgery a few years ago and had to stop my meds for 3 weeks to avoid infections. This allowed the “monster” to creep back in more than I wanted, but within a week of restarting meds it got better. I’ll be watching for your updates. Sending you my best wishes!


    • Thank you so very much! My medications will stay the same except the meloxicam. I will have to stop it for a week. The surgery is in October. I am tapering (per Doc) the prednisone and now am back down to 9.5mg. So should be down to 7 or 8 mg by October. So when I stop the meloxicam I will need to increase the prednisone again. My doc increased it by 50% when I went off the meloxicam for the biopsy so will probably do the same for the surgery.

      The visit to the surgeon and the adjusting to the cancer diagnosis was exhausting. I took a cancer holiday. Put my books and lit away and focused on my business.


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