Big News

October 26, 2010

Some exciting news has come our way this week… Tanner has been named the 2011 “Girl of the Year” for the Tennesee Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! What an honor! We’re so proud of her.

What does this mean? It means that the 14 or so candidates for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will be raising funds in honor of Tanner and the Boy of the Year, Jack Woods. The kids will be LLS ambassadors at parties and events for the fund-raising campaign and even appear in ads. Tanner positively lit up when I asked her if she wanted to do it. Her duties will begin sometime in January and end in June.

Thank you all for supporting her during the Light the Night walk. Our unprecedented success as a “friends and family” team definitely played a huge role in Tanner receiving this honor.

Another piece of news is that I am starting my low iodine diet Thursday in preparation for receiving a radioactive iodine treatment in a few weeks… ugghhh. This radiation treatment is a pill that I take at the hospital and then I can’t be around anyone for five days (and the kids for eight days) while my body is ridding itself of the excess radiation. The iodine is absorbed into any remaining thyroid tissue, along with the radiation, and the idea is that it kills any remaining thyroid tissue, hopefully decreasing the chance of cancer recurrence. Thyroid cancer can recur at any time, even 20 or 30 years later, so I will be tested every year for the rest of my life, essentially. I’m actually relieved that they recommended the radiation… I just want to get rid of this stuff.

Once again, John will have to do it all… work, take care of the house and take care of the kids. I feel so helpless that he will have to do all this… again. I know I have said it before, but I will say it again… cancer sucks.

The low iodine diet is interesting. Since most salt we use in the U.S. is iodized, almost all processed foods are prohibited. No soy, dairy, seafood of any kind, etc. It made for an interesting shopping trip. Thank God for my friend, Beth. She spent all day yesterday baking bread, rolls, muffins and crackers for me from the thyroid cancer cookbook so that I wouldn’t have to survive without carbs for the next two weeks. Who has friends like this? I figure with bread and salt-free natural peanut butter, anyone can make it.

We’ve had a good week so far. Tanner’s energy seems to be back full force and she and Jake are amped for Halloween. Next week, she has a lumbar puncture with chemo injection, so that is looming over our heads, but we are trying not to think about it too much.

Tanner’s school is doing “Pennies for Patients” again in her honor. It’s a LLS fund-raising campaign where kids bring in change from home to benefit LLS. Moore Elementary continues to support our family in ways we never imagined.

I’m going to relish my last day of processed food tomorrow. I’ll miss pizza most, but diet coke is allowed, so I’ll make it!


7 thoughts on “Big News

  1. Beth,
    If you need anyone to talk to during your preparation for the radioactive treatment, or during- I know my mom would be MORE than happy to talk to you. She has had to do the low iodine diet a few times, and also had the radioactive treatment as well. John should have my dad’s number (steve yarbrough). Good luck, we pray for Tanner all the time- and now we will be praying for you as well! And Congrats to Tanner on Girl of the year, that is amazing!!
    Stacey (Yarbrough) Collins

  2. Congratulations to Tanner for being the LLS Girl of the Year for 2011! That is wonderful, and I know Tanner will do a fabuous job of being an ambassador for leukemia awareness. She SO deserves that honor – especially after her spectacular success with Light the Night.

    Good luck with the low iodine diet. I agree that having Diet Coke allowed would definitely make it easier.

  3. TANNER!! You GO girl!! This is so exciting. You are absolutely the BEST for this honor! Beth, I’m waiting to hear from your “start”!
    Love to All of you!

  4. Awesome, Tanner!!! Congratulations!!!

    Beth~let us know what we can do while you are “away” …. meals, sitters, etc! We will definitely keep you in our thoughts….as well as John, Jake and Tanner!

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