The Diagnosis: Thyroid Cancer
When I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January 2014 I was ready for it. Deep down I knew it was going to happen. After the first ultrasound, when my new endocrinologist immediately told us it didn’t look good and after an extremely painful neck biopsy I knew there was something wrong.
The endocrinologist told my husband and I that I had two nodules on the left side of my thyroid and micro calcifications on the right side. He was 99% sure that the nodules were cancerous. My whole thyroid would need to be removed.
So many questions
The questions didn’t stop running through my head.
Will I die?
What will happen to my family?
What is life like without a thyroid?
Can thyroid cancer spread?
How will I tell my parents I have cancer?
How will we explain surgery and recovery to our son?
Would I need radioactive iodine treatment?
Is this my fault?
Cancer is Life Changing
Like most people who are diagnosed with cancer or another life changing disease, I spent lots of time searching Google, trying to understand the next steps and wondering if there was something I could have done differently to prevent this from happening.
Many people would tell me “thyroid cancer is the good cancer”. Really, is there such a thing as a “good cancer”?!? I was also told – “if you have to get cancer, it’s the type you want to get” – seriously people?!? While that is a topic for a whole different post, I had to figure out how to keep perspective in the face of my (our) diagnosis.
During my search, I came across many negative stories of people who had awful experiences with their hospitals and doctors and who are still suffering terribly from the aftermath of having thyroid cancer. Vocal members of various Facebook groups shared similar horrible stories. I wanted to overcome this and live the rest of my life in a positive and meaningful way.Being Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer Click To Tweet
Thyroid Cancer Treatment
My thyroid was removed in March 2014 and I had radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment in August 2014. I’m due for a follow up tracer dose of RAI at the end of October 2015. I can only hope that the scans will be clear and I can try to get back on track.
Cancer changed me. I’m tired most days, forgetful, easily irritated and anxious but I am fighting. I’m trying to live in the moment and enjoy the happy times. Listening to our son laugh makes me smile. So does relaxing in the evenings with my husband. I cherish the Friday night dinners we have with my parents and enjoy all of the “mommy discussions” I have with my friends. My goal is to turn this diagnosis into the most positive experience possible and help others facing similar challenges. This blog is a part of my mission.
What difficulties have you faced and how do you overcome them?
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