Disclaimer: There will be discussion of medical issues on this page. If you are squeamish or sensitive to medical issues, you may want to avoid this page. Additionally, I am not a medical professional (even though my Mom is and I just plagiarize her advice). This blog contains my experience with thyroid cancer. It is not intended to help anyone else diagnose or treat their own medical issues. Please discuss your concerns or health with your medical practitioners.
On November 17, 2010, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the removal and biopsy of a nodule on my thyroid. After surgery, the pathology determined that I had papillary carcinoma.
From the research I’ve done, as well as my thyroid surgeon and endocrinologist’s reports, papillary carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed thyroid cancer. Of thyroid cancer cases, almost 70% are papillary. In most cases, the overall cure rate is very high when detected early.
I chose to blog about my experience with the surgery, follow-up and radioactive iodine treatment (a type of “chemotherapy”). I also talk about the mental and emotional aspect of dealing with cancer. Additionally, I am very interested in providing an accurate, thoughtful and positive outlook on my experience with cancer. When I was first going through testing and started using the internet for research, I realized that people are CRAZY! I had to stop reading after 10 minutes on various websites because I began to get major anxiety about the situation. I would like to provide my own experience in a positive light.
That being said, I understand the gravity of the situation and while I am very sarcastic and use humor to make light of situations, I do not wish to come across as callous or unconcerned. Everyone is different and I appreciate the way each person handles their own situation.
If you have any questions about my experience or thyroid cancer in general, you are welcome to contact me at biggirleats@gmailDOTcom.
General Cancer Posts:
Radioactive Iodine (RAI):
RAI Round 3 Results
Please refer to these sites regarding cancer and thyroid cancer information:
(These are sites I found to be very helpful for the younger folk):
I’m Too Young For This! (for young adult survivors)