Wow! Has it really been over four months since I blogged last? That is so not like me.
For those who follow my Facebook page you will be aware that this year has thrown some interesting curve balls my way. Aside from selling our home to buy a new home and set up our beautiful studio fully, I was diagnosed with Category III Follicular Thryoid Cancer. Two surgeries later, and many specialist appointments, I now sit in hospital where I have swallowed a radioactive pill in the hope that it will go in and clean up any remaining Thryoid cells in my body (and eliminate my cancer). It's amazing how your perspective changes when you come face to face with something like cancer. Though it has rattled my cage it will not keep me down for long .... And things could be so much worse.
At the end of January I found a rather large lump on the right hand side of my neck. I was waiting in the car to pick up one of my boys, and touching my gorgeous portrait necklace which many of you have seen during visits to the studio, when I had a sudden urge to touch just above the pendant. There it was! A HUGE lump on the side of my throat. When I got home Matt agreed it was not right and insisted I go the Doctor the next day, which I did. Then started a series of tests and specialist appointments. I've been scanned, biopsied, operated on twice, countless bloods taken... And now radioactive iodine ablation treatment (RAI). This treatment means I will be hospital for a few days, in complete isolation, as the radiation works it's way out of my body and hopefully attacks any thryroid tissue still making mischief.
The prospects are very good for a complete recovery and I look forward to being fully back on board.
Back in February, when I had a pretty strong feeling that there was a long road ahead for my family, my beautiful boy Zane treated me to a full 'Embrace YOU' Portrait Session. I am so proud of the images he captured as I guided him in his camera art.... And so very humbled by the results. When I saw the images pop up on my computer I felt so strong and beautiful - like I could conquer just about anything. These images have kept me strong this year and given me the motivation to push on through all the hurdles.
As my health returns I plan on updating my beautiful blog page more often again. I may even have the urge to play catch ups and share with you some of the work I have still done during this time. My work load has definitely been lighter... But I can't stop doing what I love and have managed to capture some beautiful people this year.
Thank you to everyone who has followed my journey on my Facebook page. I will be back in full swing as soon as possible. In the mean time, know that I appreciate every one of you. Most importantly, CHECK YOUR NECK! I can't express enough how important it is to see your doctor every year for your check up so that he/she can examine your neck and other areas where cancers can show themselves without us noticing.
Love to all x