As I mentioned in my About Me section, I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer which doctors have said its the “good cancer” well, I have no idea what planet your on but on my planet? There is no such thing as a good cancer. Yes, its true the survival rate is in the 90 percentile however, you still have surgeries to go through, radiation to be administered, you still suffer, you still second guess things, you still have pain and you go through some suffering, and yes you still become a cancer survivor!
Without boring you with all of the tiny little details, in summary, I had a horrible sinus infection in the fall of 2003, I went to my family doctor and during a routine checkup (after prescribing meds for my sinus infection) he said “hmmmmm,I feel a lump on the side of your neck but more than likely its nothing, most people women in particular have a slew of thyroid issues but to be safe I want you to get an ultrasound at the hospital” well…..not to get into a long sordid story but that ultra sound led to a biopsy which led to a cancer diagnosis. I have never smoked, I don’t drink in mass quantities and am a nutritionist for Gods sake! I’m not going to lie, it has been a long, surreal, painful road BUT with support from family and close friends, faith in a higher power I got through it, so how did I get so lucky getting this type of cancer? You can only get it through being exposed to high quantities of radiation, I am not sure but I believe I was exposed when I was a little girl, I used to get sore throats all the time and each time I went to the doctor he would give me a neck x-ray (with no guard or protection) so that’s where I believe I was exposed.
So what are the signs of thyroid cancer? One or more lumps on your neck, trouble swallowing or breathing, neck or throat pain, cough, hoarseness or change in your voice, loss of excess hair, dry and brittle hair, fatigue and no energy, low sex drive, and change in mood. If you experience 2 or more of these symptoms have it checked out by your doctor.
Remember…..not all doctors are created equal! Get a second, third and even fourth opinion, this is YOUR life YOUR body we are talking about! My family doctor said to me that he has many friends who are doctors that specialize in this field BUT he said just because they are his friends does not mean they are good doctors. He told me he was going to give me the BEST there is and boy did he ever! I got an amazing surgeon and an equally amazing endocronologist! Never be afraid to ask questions, or second guess anyone!
Lastly, I know how scary it could be to get this type of diagnosis. You feel alone, you are confused, you are scared, and the future does not seem as stable as it used to. PLEASE….anyone out there have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask me, either here out in the open through my blog or you are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org …….I will do all I can to answer your questions and help you through this life changing journey…..remember what I said in my About Me section? YES, I do thank my lucky stars for going through Papillary Thyroid Cancer because I believe I was meant to go through it to educate you and to be your cheerleader in the stand. It has personally changed me in a positive way. Butterfly kisses to all!