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When Your Best Friend Has Thyroid Cancer: Stage One (Doctor Who?)

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

Skye has thyroid cancer.

And you know what they say about cancer.

It’s the growth of malignant cells and an astrological sign.

(Hey, not all sayings can be winners.)

It also means quite a few doctor appointments.

That’s where I come in.

And not just because I love stealing magazines.

(As it happens, I’m actually morally opposed to magazine theft.)

(It’s mean and wrong and leads to boring waiting rooms.)

(And that’s why I’d like to take this time to apologize for, well, a couple of Entertainment Weekly incidents.)

(I was in the middle of an article!)

(Both times!)

(And I meant to bring them back!)


(But I had to find out what the Muppets had to say.)

(And for that I’m sorry.)

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

My mom rocks waiting rooms while crocheting.

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

Skye rocks the waiting room with paperwork.

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

I rock the waiting room in pearls.

‘Cause endocrinologists’ offices demand classy.

(I’d show you the surgeon’s office photos but I’m making a weird face inside a book.)

(And I’d made the mistake of not wearing pearls.)

(Shameful, I know.)

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

Sign of a high quality endocrinologist is tiny plastic thyroids.

Skye’s has cancer.

(Get it?)

Cancer of the Thyroid Doctor Appointment

Mine is normal.

Which gives me excited face.


During each appointment my mom and Skye had out pads of paper and were taking copious notes. Notes of percentages and lymph nodes and very serious medical stuff.

I was also taking notes during this time.

Cancer of the Thyroid Notes

In my defense, I’m fairly positive her surgeon said her cancer stands alone.

How could I not immortalize that?

Skye really really really appreciated all your thoughts and prayers and sweet words

I love you all,



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* Sexy Seaweed Photo Shoot

* Skye being Attacked By A Boulder

* Thyroid Cancer Sucks

{ 48 comments… add one }

  • Sunday February 1, 2012, 12:13 am

    Best of luck Skye. Way to rock ar the doc.s ladies!

  • Jamie February 1, 2012, 12:15 am

    Megan, I love that Skye has you in her life. I love that you support her through everything good or bad and that you go to her appointments and lighten the mood and give her positivity all the time. I only wish I had someone like that in my life. Never change that. You are most awesome and if you ever wondered what your purpose on earth is, it’s to spread joy through your words, your quirkiness, your love and zeal for life. I’ve been reading for a long time now, don’t remember where I got the link from and your posts always make me smile.

    Thinking of and Praying for you and Skye and everyone involved.

    • Skye February 1, 2012, 12:37 am

      Thank you, Jamie! I love that I have Megan too! :)

  • Skye February 1, 2012, 12:38 am

    I’m sure the doctors appreciate our beauty. Though not nearly as much as I appreciate you!

  • nursemyra February 1, 2012, 4:04 am

    Best wishes Skye. I’ll be following your progress towards a healthy cancer-free life xx

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts February 1, 2012, 6:04 am

    I hope the paperwork gets to be offset by some good magazine reading. You know, the ones that haven’t been stolen by people half way through articles 😉

    More seriously – I’m really thinking of you and Skye and hope things are going as well as they can.

  • daisyfae February 1, 2012, 6:47 am

    you obviously asked the most important question – when they jack her full of the radioactive stuff, it would almost be worth it if the two of you could develop some serious superpowers through a well-timed night of spooning…

    go skye. go megan. and go mom….

  • Lorrie February 1, 2012, 7:05 am

    It is great to see you all making the best of what could be a dreary situation. Skye is lucky to have such supportive ladies (term is used loosely here) to help entertain her through this. Megan, what an awesome friend you are!

    Skye, wishing and praying for the best for you, as in you conquer this stupid cancer!

  • Missy Jill (What's Going On Here!?) February 1, 2012, 7:21 am

    I don’t know how I missed this cancer news! Skye has the best medicine in her life, YOU. And your mom. So glad God brought you all together. I will be praying for you, Skye.

  • Mark February 1, 2012, 7:44 am

    You two are great. Getting through this with humor. I love it!
    Skye, I’m sounding out good vibrations…NOW!

  • agnes February 1, 2012, 9:10 am

    All the best Skye. I love the friendship you two have.

  • Andi February 1, 2012, 9:33 am

    Glad Skye has you! And glad you are remembering that laughter is the BEST medicine!

  • Tracy P. February 1, 2012, 9:33 am

    OK, this made me cry. If it weren’t so funny it probably wouldn’t have. Ditto all the other commenters, what a blessed friendship you have.

  • Abby February 1, 2012, 10:16 am

    Love the humor, ladies. Skye is one lucky lady to have you in her life. Here’s hoping you continue to find the funny in everything!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor February 1, 2012, 10:27 am

    I truly believe that comic relief is just as important as note taking in the face of serious life news.

    Good job.

    And Skye? Next time Megan is pointing a camera at you, have her adjust her angle just a tad. :)

    • Megan February 1, 2012, 10:36 am

      I totally noticed that today and almost edited it but then figured adding some weird sticker would just draw more attention to it!

    • Skye February 1, 2012, 11:04 am

      At least I wear underwear 😉

  • ava February 1, 2012, 10:59 am

    And here I thought it was purposely angled that way to give maximum beauty coverage! :) Seriously, what draw me most are Skye’s beautiful big expressive eyes! I’m seconding Sunday above, you ladies rock! All good thoughts and hopes I’m sending now to Skye and of course the ever supportive definitely not-awkward about it, friend, Megan.

  • Melonie February 1, 2012, 11:05 am

    Skye is so lucky to have an awesome friend like you to share this journey with. Sending lots of positive energy to a speedy recovery.

    And totally loved your comment about getting superpowers by proximity. I’ve always wondered why my folks never got superpowers when they were doing radiation. That would have at least made up for the whole cancer thing, dontcha think?

  • Julie @DutchBeingMe February 1, 2012, 11:15 am

    Thinking of you Skye! And Megan… you are the BEST best friend. I’ve spent my fair share of time in endocrinologists offices and you rock the entertainment factor for Skye! Awesome.

    Although, it’s people like you that cause me not to be able to read those missing Entertainment weekly’s. 😉

  • Alaina February 1, 2012, 11:17 am

    oh wow, I had no idea! Sending prayers and positive thoughts her way. She is very lucky to have a great friend like you by her side. More than you’ll probably ever know, and humor and positivity does help through times like those.

    I can neither confirm nor deny that I have ever stolen a magazine at a doctor’s office either…but it is hard when you are right in the middle of a good article, isn’t it?

  • John February 1, 2012, 1:36 pm

    You know, that Skye is really, extraordinarily pretty.


    I do believe that “The Henson Rule” can be used to prove innocence in any subject of magazine theft from waiting rooms, because if Muppets are involved, the rules are all different.

    And I’m very, very glad you, and your smile, are there with Skye.

  • Endostudent February 1, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Skye has a pretty face, sexy legs and beautiful hair.
    hopefully her surgery scar will be too small to attract attention!
    she may use Mederma cream on the scar to minimize appearence of it .
    How big is her tumor?
    I think I could see it on some of her past photos!

    • Peter February 6, 2012, 2:51 pm

      A pretty chick have to get her “madam’s apple” yanked out thanks to the nuclear waste in the milk!!!

  • Amber February 1, 2012, 2:18 pm

    looks like she has a great support team behind. Lets go team F That Cancer!

  • Vince February 1, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Exactly how warm is it over your way that Skye can go wandering about mid-winter in what is probably a cute little number but slated for six month hence.
    Were Irish women to have that concoction on their back at the start of Spring they would be seen as puritan. Odd given the length of the hem but nevertheless true. Yeppers, Puritan, and penitential. Today the wind chill is about minus 10, clear and crisp.

    • Megan February 1, 2012, 2:42 pm

      We’re actually having an incredibly mild winter – it’s 68 degrees today!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 1, 2012, 4:29 pm

    When I read that title, my eyes teared up. I just feel awful and cancer sucks! Then I really got teary when I saw what a dear and wonderful friend you are to her. Ok, I’m officially full out crying now. I’m the praying kind, so I will. I really will.

  • Katie February 1, 2012, 6:12 pm

    They do say laughter is the best medicine! But in all seriousness, Skye has to feel pretty good knowing she has a friend like you on her side.

  • Carrie February 1, 2012, 7:01 pm

    What a friend you are. Amazing.

    Having you there is sure to keep Skye on top of the world…you’re a nut. Which makes you totally lovable.

  • Linda Medrano February 1, 2012, 8:17 pm

    I’m so glad Skye has you. Having a close friend to deal with this crap makes is so much more tolerable. I think Skye’s going to be just fine. What beauties both of you are! Please give your girl a hug for me.

  • Classic NYer February 1, 2012, 8:28 pm

    It takes a real friend to take her friend to the doctor while wearing pearls. I wish I had more friends like you. I wish I had friends with pearls…

  • LDiggitty February 1, 2012, 8:48 pm

    Why “unlikely to develop super powers”? Well, maybe you won’t… but I have a feeling Skye will! If she figures out how to fly or walk through walls, I’m going to be super jealous.

  • Nami February 1, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Did Skye contract thyroid cancer at the Wendy’s Drive-thru? Cuz that would be my guess. Seriously, I’m crying – although your post was rather humorous. Guess it’s just the mothering instincts or pre-menopause setting in. Please, feel free to slap me at any point…

  • Jennifer@browneyedandblessed February 1, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Sending happy, healing thoughts Skye’s way. You’re an awesome friend to go to the doctor’s with her and way to rock the pearls :-). The doctor should feel lucky to meet a classy lady in pearls who also appreciates a good plastic thyroid.

  • Galit Breen February 1, 2012, 10:58 pm

    Sending good thoughts, and lots of them.

    {How did you manage to make this post funny?!}

  • blackhuff February 2, 2012, 3:10 am

    Skye is blessed to have someone like you in her life – you’re such a great support.
    Skye, not only is she there for you but we, her readers as well.

  • imperfectmomma February 2, 2012, 10:14 am

    Skye has a really great friend in you for chronicling her beat down of this cancer! Hugs, love and many, many prayers

  • Bridget February 2, 2012, 10:47 am

    Hugs and luck to Skye.

    You, keep being an awesome friend. Laughing at cancer is the best way to get rid of it. (that’s not a joke.)

  • SpilledInkGuy February 2, 2012, 11:38 am

    All I could think when looking at those tiny plastic thyroids was how much they remind me of spaceships from Star Wars. For some strange reason.
    And because I’m cool like that.
    But this isn’t about judging me, it’s about sending good thoughts Skye’s way… so… you know… don’t do it. The first part.
    Seriously, though, I really hope Skye is doing well…

  • alonewithcats February 2, 2012, 11:14 pm

    I’ve seen better excited faces. It’s like … you’re not even excited that Skye has cancer.

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments February 3, 2012, 12:35 am

    I can tell that Skye is going to be just fine. With this much positivity and support she will come through with no problems at all.

    Oh and you are an awesome friend. Everyone should have someone to steal magazines for them!

  • Kimberly February 3, 2012, 9:20 am

    Oh my cheesey thyroid.
    Can I live in your brain for a day?
    More importantly, can I just move in with the 2 of you?
    You guys kill me.
    In the face of something so scary, Skye is kicking it’s ass with humour…i hope that you’re not embarrasing her.

  • Lauren February 3, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Again. Can’t be snarky. I find that super friendships like yours have super powers (despite what the surgeons say), and together you’ll kick cancer’s bootie. Hokey as it sounds, I’ll be holding you both (and the pearls) in the light. xo

  • Stephanie February 5, 2012, 10:51 am

    Sending you lots of good thoughts and positive energy! You’re lucky to have each other.

  • Not a Perfect Mom February 5, 2012, 5:03 pm

    sending good vibes…
    and the doctors must love it when Skye has a visit…livens up the office!
    will she have a thyroidectomy?
    must go read last post…

  • thoughtsappear February 8, 2012, 9:09 am

    I’m sending some good thoughts your way, Skye!

    That’s really nice that you and your mom went to the appt, too. You’re a good friend!

  • Amanda Austin February 9, 2012, 12:31 pm

    With an awesome team of pearl wearers and crocheters, how could she NOT beat that cancer?? Sending big love to Skye.

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