Monday, March 27, 2006


Someone made a joke that I should put out a newsletter since my life changes so quickly and people like to be updated, so here it is!
Well Anthony and I got married on December 31st and we couldnt be happier. We are loving married life, not that its much different than it was.

Aidan just turned 3 and he is smarter than a 3 year old should be. I stay home with him and we have a blast playing all day.

We are expecting another baby around July 19th this summer.The baby is probably a boy and his name will be Arik Daniel. So far this pregnancy is a lot like the last one, except for a few problems.

I got my blood tested for the pregnancy and they noticed that my thyroid levels were high, indicating an overactive thyroid. Then about 2 weeks later I got a big lump on my throat. The spot where it goes in was no longer concave like it should be. I was also really tired and losing weight, but those are also early pregnancy symptoms so it could have been overlooked if I hadnt got the blood test. Then they referred me to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor who scheduled the fine needle biopsy of the lump. The biopsy results confirmed that it was Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. So I will have the surgery soon, I have to see an endocrinologist first and get a vocal cord test. Then I will be in the hospital for 3 days and then on bedrest for 2 weeks. It looks like the surgery might be the week after Easter. There is still a possibility that it could be a few days before, but I am going to shoot for after, if they will listen to me.

Its a very curable type of cancer. I won't have to have any chemo and the baby is completely safe. There is another test that I have to take after the surgery, but it cannot be done until after I deliver the baby. I also have to take a pill for the rest of my life to make up for not having a thyroid, but it is safe for pregnancy and nursing.

So thats about all the interesting stuff. I am dealing with everything fine and I have a very optimistic outlook. My sister Amber and >>> her little family are coming up to Illinois tonight to stay with us for their little spring break. So I had better get back to cleaning and getting everything ready for them.
Hope you enjoyed your first edition of the Arielle Newsletter!

Written Friday March 24th.

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