Hello, dearest readers! The surgery I had on September 10th went smoothly, but everything after that went all kinds of wrong, including extra time in the hospital. Twice. I’ll be starting cancer treatment in about five weeks, and I’m doing some preparatory things for that, which will all be a bit torturous (doc is pushing me into hypothyroidism and is going to starve my body of iodine in preparation, and the side effects of those two things are NOT a party). In early November, any cancer that’s left will be hit with a radiation iodine pill, and I’ll be isolated for a few days (sounds like lots of reading time to me…hehe) because I’ll be glow-in-the-dark radioactive.
In the past, I’ve been known for my singing voice and my voice-acting and acting skills (not under the name Amelyn Randall, and no, you don’t know me unless, well, never mind. You probably don’t know me…LOL). The second surgery on my thyroid affected my voice, both in strength and control. The doctor is pretty sure I’ll be getting it all back. I’m promising this. If my powerhouse voice comes back, I’m going to get really brave and try out for America’s Got Talent. I was hoping to do that next year, but it seems the auditions for next year are already coming up THIS year, so I guess I’ll be there in 2017 if all goes well. I’ve also always had an interest in narrating books, since I read so much aloud to my family. We’ll see…
The worse thing of all in my cancer journey, is that my reading hunger has been a bit reduced. It’s slowly coming back, but at the same time making me sad, and I’m afraid it won’t come back full force. Fucking cancer, man. I would normally read upwards of 500 books a year. I’m struggling to read 300 this year, with four hospital stays and too many prescriptions making me dizzy, sick, shaky, and really stupid. I had to get one of those HUGE pill-sorter boxes with four boxes for each day of the week.
The best thing of all in my cancer journey and surgery fest celebrating the removal of numerous body parts, is that I’ve found I truly love the hospital staff. So many of them know me now, and I want to work there after my kids are grown and graduated from our homeschool (my “real job”). 🙂 Surprisingly (at least to me), the most attractive job is the Nurse’s Assistant AKA Patient Care Tech (PCT). Schooling for it is just two months at a community college. I think they could hold my attention for two months. 😉 Anyway, that smile in my picture on the About Me page is REAL and I use it a lot. It’d be nice to share it with people who really need that. It’s very nearly always returned. Um, not usually if one is at Pain Level 10, though. 🙁
Annnnnnd…if I don’t get my voice back, it sounds very airy and quiet for now. I could totally rock that as a stand-up comic on AGT.