Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Please pray

As some of you may know, I have a sister :) She and her family live up in East TN. What you may not know is that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few years ago. She has had a thyroidectomy (in 2005) and is now in the final preparatory steps to have a RAI (radioactive iodine) treatment. She will go to the Nuclear Medicine part of the hospital tomorrow for her dose of RAI in the form of a pill, then she will go straight home and be in isolation for 3 days, and modified isolation for a week thereafter. She will not be able to kiss her babies for that whole week. Her children are ages 5, 3 and 2. There's so much more I could say, but mainly I just would like to request prayers from y'all for her. The RAI's purpose is to destroy the thyroid tissue that the surgeon was not able to remove when she had the thyroidectomy due to the proximity of the thyroid and vocal cords - there's about 3% of her thyroid that remains. The hope is that the RAI will destroy the remaining tissue, thus, hopefully preventing new thyroid tissue and possibly cancer cell growth in the future. I covet your prayers on her behalf and on the behalf of her husband and children. Also, for our parents who are lovingly and selflessly staying with them to help around the house and most importantly to care for the children while her husband is at work.

Thanks so much!
If you're interested, you can learn more about thyroid cancer at http://www.thyca.org

Here's a pic of her and her family from Thanksgiving 2005 :) (sorry sis, it was the only one I have, hope you don't mind!)

Pictured - my sister, and her family

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