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Friday, March 15, 2013

Highs, Lows, and Questions

It has been a wild week, with high points, low points, and many questions.
The highest point has been seeing my Shyla grow more comfortable with the world. Aside from one incomprehensible day when she was scared from the very instant that I opened the car door in town, she has a streak of about 3 weeks of great socialization training sessions in town.
On a good day in town, I barely recognize her compared to the dog who I met at the end of August. I still "protect" her from the scariest stuff by going around it or giving her space to look at it from a distance, gradually moving closer to it, using our BAT protocol. It's odd but one of the scariest things for her is men talking loudly into cell phones. Go figure...

The low point of the week was learning that there is a far greater likelihood that my thyroid gland has cancer in it than I originally thought. Two nodules are very suspicious, leading them to take 8 biopsies during my hospital session on Monday. My neck is still bruised and sore. Unfortunately, it is now after 5 PM on Friday, and I have not heard the results. Thus - my representation of the Power of the Paw.
The odds are that, regardless of what the biopsies say, the docs will want to remove my thyroid gland because of these "dangerous-looking" nodules. I have an appointment with a thyroid specialist next week.

Thus, this week has been full of tumultuous emotions. On top of the current affairs, it's been a year since the day that we found out that K had lung mets - and I truly realized that no miracles were going to save her. That was one of the hardest days of the entire journey.

But, I must say, there has been a surprise miracle in my life - Miss Shyla.
Shyla continues to generate magical rainbows everywhere she goes.


  1. we are so happy for Shyla's progress.... and we are sending you purrs for your test results.

  2. Hi Y'all,

    Shyla's progress is truly wonderful.

    A friend of ours had thyroid cancer and after treatment the only side effect is that she has to take thyroid meds. My brother-in-law just completed treatment for throat cancer that killed his he takes thyroid meds. Advances have been enormous in no matter the diagnosis...a long healthy life is still in the future.

    Don't worry everyone is praying for you or crossing their paws.

    BrownDog's Human

  3. Holding you and the pack close in thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  4. So happy she's coming into her own. Fingers and paws crossed and hugs for you!
    Nola and Dachshund Mommy

  5. We have very strong faith in the power of the paw and in the power of prayer. Here's crossed paws and solid prayers for the report to be much better than you are expecting. Hugs.

  6. It is good to hear and see Shayla shine so bring and spreading beautiful. MOM and I will hold you tightly in our prayers and I am crossing my paws for you, all four of them.

  7. Oh gosh, we are behind in blogs and just getting caught up now. My paws are crossed so tight for you. We believe in miracles around here and are praying that your thyroid is cancer free. Sending lots of love ...

    Your pal, Pip

  8. Cuddling up with your dog(s) can sometimes be the best medicine.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

    Paws crossed for you.

  9. sucks having to go the weekend wondering.....Shyla is a gift to all of us who know her thru you.....hang in there, try to enjoy the weekend despite the goings on....

  10. Keeping you in my thoughts, and wishing you a wonderful weekend of (being in the) moments.

  11. Dear KB,

    Your final comment about Shyla & rainbows is so beautiful and a comment full of hope! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Here's hoping the biopsy report is good. Your support team of the Runner, R, and Shyla will hold you up!
    Take care,

  12. Are those rainbows in the pictures? I have never seen anything quite so splendid, except for Shyla and R, of course.

    I feel as though you will be fine and you have all of my good wishes, prayers and 10 paws powering you from this house!

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  13. Shyla is indeed a miracle and meant to be with you. We are keeping you input thoughts and prayers and the pack is crossing all their paws for you
    Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas, and RosieNot to forget sparky and Sammy our newest fosters/house guests
    PS mom Barb praying for you too

  14. The one good thing about thyroid cancer is that it is relatively easy to treat and has a good prognosis afterward.

    I will keep positive thoughts as you await your findings. Thank goodness for a supportive runner and two fantastic Labs.

  15. Sending the best thought and prayers I can muster your way. So glad that Shyla is doing so well and that you are observant and can help her through situations.

  16. We are sending the power of the paw to you our sweet KB.
    We are right by your side- next to Shyla.

  17. OK, now the rainbow picture is one of 12 for my next years calander when you make it. Oh my heavens that is incredible. You never dissapoint.

    Much love
    Bert and My Vickie

  18. Sending happy thoughts and good wishes your way.

  19. Sending you power of the paw with special puppy energy thrown in :-)

  20. In the four years we've been following this blog ( or is it five ? ) your strength of spirit and body has come powering through. We know the same will hold true for this next part of the story. Our support and thoughts and pride in what you do is fresh every dat.

  21. KB, we have you in our hearts mate. Just know you have friends all around the world sending you good wishes. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  22. You are in our thoughts and prayers, KB! Your rainbow pictures are magnificent!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  23. Sometimes it does look as though things simply will not let up. We are crossing all fingers, paws and hooves for your test results, and whatever might follow. And we are so glad you have the glowing Shyla to accompany you.

  24. Thank goodness for our dogs who can provide strength and love through difficult times. They don't know why you are worried, but they do know that they can make you smile with their antics. Good luck. It sounds scary.

    Mango Momma

  25. Of course, no cancer is a good cancer, and personally, I know I'd be a wreck if I was in your shoes right now - but I work with two women in their 30's who've had thyroid cancer and are doing great; keep your spirits up :)

  26. We're thinking of you and sending power of the paw healing wishes your way, KB. Waiting for test results is such an anxious time. So glad you and Shyla have each other.

    Susan and Wrigs

  27. Oh KB, I am so sorry to hear about your health. We are sending you the power of the paw and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  28. Shyla. Such an important part of your life...sweet pup. Hope you get your results soon so you can get on with your recovery.

  29. Those rainbow pictures are some of the coolest photos I have ever seen! I am in total awe!

    I am sorry that your health issues are so scary right now. I could say a lot of things to try to make you feel better, but I doubt it would help. What would bother me the most would be not knowing. I'm sure you just want to know what your plan of attack is at the moment. I know I would! I will simply say that I hope you know that I'm thinking about you and sending you all my best. I'm sure I'm not the only one, either.

  30. Don't worry about the thyroid cancer. I know 5 people who had their thyroids removed (one had to have some lymph nodes removed too) and all are great now. It takes time to figure out exactly how much thyroid medication you have to take each day, and that will cause mood swings which some doctors don't warn you about, but once they get your level set all is good.

  31. Hi!
    I had two thyroid nodules biopsied last week. Four samples from each nodule is standard practice--they like to make sure that at least a couple of slides from each nodule have enough samples.

    There is a 95% chance nodules are benign. Most women have them, and most don't even know they have em.

    Then, if you do have thyroid cancer, it is the best cancer to get. Super treatable, and excellent prognosis. Just a tiny neck scar, and the need to take a small thyroid pill every day.

    Hope this helps your weekend pass easier while you wait.

  32. Hope it will be good news from the tests,,,,
    Love your pictures....hugs from Sweden

  33. Sendin' you our luv and prayers.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  34. Jingles and positive vibes your way. I can't get over that first photo. SO powerful....makes me nostalgic.

  35. Prayers are being said for you.

  36. The waiting is the worst well I know. And yes, the power of the paw is amazing.

  37. Hope your results are good tomorrow! A friend had his thyroid removed a few years ago and is doing really well after treatment.
    24 paws of luck to you. :)

  38. Those rainbow shots with Shyla are amazing, but my heart is broken over the latest revelation and the wait you've had to endure over the weekend. On the bright side, one of my co-workers, one of my closest friends and my sister-in-law all have had their thyroids removed due to cancer. All are on meds for life, but all are doing fine now. Many positive thoughts coming your way.

  39. Praying for you, dear heart. I don't like reading this news...not one little bit. *sigh*

    Here for you in whatever way I can be...and sending healing thoughts & prayers your way.



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