Four years ago this month marks an anniversary for me that brings up mixed emotions. At the time, it was one of the hardest emotional experiences I have had.
Four years ago today I was in the hospital having radiation treatments for thyroid cancer. My kids weren’t allowed to visit (they waved from the parking lot below) and I wasn’t allowed to be around them for two weeks after because the dosage was so high and they were both so little. And I cried. And it was hard. But good has come out of it.
You see, before the radioactive iodine treatments, you have to starve your body of iodine. Literally. Which requires a special diet of foods with ZERO iodine (which is really hard). And so I began to eat foods made from scratch….number one because I knew exactly what was in them and number two so I could be sure that I was eating ZERO iodine and have the scheduled cancer treatments.
Repeat this diet every year for a month (or sometimes 6 weeks depending on iodine levels) for cancer screenings. You get the idea.
Well, fast forward to after this experience. I am thyroid cancer free. YAY!
And as a result I began to cook all of our food from scratch. A huge change from the way we were eating. I was working before that and food preparation sometimes fell to the bottom of my daily list (as many of you know so well).
I am not working outside the home anymore, and I have learned in the last 4 years to cook from scratch. I learned to make bread. I learned to make tortillas. I learned to make freezer meals from scratch. And many other things that I never thought I would ever do. And I am so much happier for it. I feel more accomplished as a homemaker….and a mother. Who knew that such a blessing could come from such a hardship?
Case in point. Yesterday I made Strawberry Freezer Jam. A lot of it. And I love it because it reminds me of how far I’ve come. What a homemaking blessing.