2015: The Year of the Mutant

I gave my son cancer. Not a lot of mothers can say that and I’m sure none would want to. I also advocated for him and ensured that his cancer was taken away before it could spread. At the age of 34, I thought I had almost everything I had ever wanted: a kind and… Continue reading 2015: The Year of the Mutant

Manual Transmission

It’s been five years since I lost my adrenal glands.  I had no idea when I woke up from anesthesia how dramatically the loss of those two little balls of hormones would change my life.  The endocrinologists originally prescribed hydrocortisone tablets and said to take them two times each day and I’d be fine.  I… Continue reading Manual Transmission

Taking Shots

“The medullary thyroid cancer isn’t going to kill you.  Your adrenal insufficiency, on the other hand…” These were my surgeon’s words at my first post-op appointment in May of 2015. At first, the endocrinologists made it sound as though living without adrenal glands wasn’t a big deal.  “You just take some hormone replacement pills every… Continue reading Taking Shots

I Heart Houston

Here’s the short version: the amazing and very knowledgeable doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Endocrine Center don’t recommend surgery right now. They said to go home, live my life, and “learn to dance with my disease instead of battling it.” My surgeon said that this disease, and the cancer that comes with it, is… Continue reading I Heart Houston

The Talk

Most parents worry about having “the Talk” with their children.  “The Talk” I worry about is different.  Sure, I will have to explain the birds and the bees to my son someday (or better yet, his father will!), but it will include a very stern warning about using appropriate birth control.  If Owen and a… Continue reading The Talk