This weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year for me. It’s Relay weekend that we have been working towards all year. We haven’t made as much this year as in past years because I’ve been ill at times and haven’t had a lot of events. Usually we are all over the place during the season but this year it’s been slow.
When I relay today it will be for so many reasons, which I’ve talked about before but this year instead of saying it all over again, I’m going to add my LCARS Relay story to this post. See Below to find out more.
When I was first diagnosed in 2007, I had been fighting to even get a diagnosis since 1999. I was put on medicine because they said it would “control” the suspicious hot spots that was found on the ultra sound, but they didn’t bother to really test me. The hope was that the medicine would “shrink” the nodules and they wouldn’t have to spend so much time on my case with treatments and surgeries. Years later, my doctor took me off the medicine saying that I didn’t need it. That my thyroid was normal no matter what I said. It was like an uphill battle between being diagnosed (sort of) and treated with the medicine and being listened to and treated for the cancer itself.
I had Medullary and Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma. The lesson I learned from my battle was its my body. I know when something is off with it. I may not know what is off, but I know something is. When a doctor refuses to listen to you, tries to make you think it’s all in your head, it’s time to move on to a new doctor who will listen to you. I had all these symptoms and my doctor told me I was being lazy, when in reality, it was my body telling everyone that something was wrong. I was lucky. My cancer didn’t kill me, but it does leave me susceptible for other forms of cancer in the future.
This is why I relay every year. I relay for my family and friends who cared for me during my surgeries and afterward. I relay for my mom who supported me through it all. She took care of me after my surgery and still does to this day when I have to deal with medical issues. She is a rock, even though I sometimes become frustrated and upset, she still supports me. I relay for my brother because he stayed in the hospital with me and slept on the couch after my surgeries. He didn’t have to do that, but he did. He and I don’t always get along, but he stayed with me and my mom and that’s what a caregiver does. I relay for the health care workers who took care of me making sure I was comfortable, protected and healthy while I was battling. I relay for cancer research. I relay for everyone to have more birthdays. I relay for those who have passed from cancer on my team. I relay for those who are fighting cancer now. This is why I relay every year!
Bring it on, Cancer! GAME ON!
If you want to join me on the track, I’m Lizzy Gracemount inworld! Pop me a message and we’ll walk together! See you laters, Adventurites! Have a great day…be safe, be sane, be you! ~LA
See on Flickr.
Head: LeLUTKA – Head Nova 1.0
Body: Maitreya – Mesh Body – Lara V5.1
Skin: amara beauty – Kenna fair
Shape: West End Shapes – Alex (Lelutka Nova Evolution)
Hair: TRUTH HAIR – Destiny
Nails: Go Frock Yourself – Awareness Ribbons Nail Appliers
Tattoo: Juna – Milly tattoo Medium
Ear Piercings: (Yummy) Curated Butterfly Ear
Face Piercings: Kunst – Flower piercing
Necklace: Vibing – Kinsley Necklace – Rosegold
Rings: Elle Boutique – Bloom Bento Rings – unable to find store
Sunglasses: EarthStones – Eyeglasses – The Countess
Bikini: MOoH! Terri bikini light
Pose: West End Bento Poses / Animations – WE-NAT-S004 from Naturelle – FatPack available at Uber May 25
Note about this pose: This is part of a fatpack of poses for your AO. It comes in Static, Deep Breather, Soft Breathing sets. Be sure to demo at the event before purchase. Shown here is the static version of pose 4.