𝒢𝑜𝑜𝒹𝒷𝓎𝑒 𝒷𝓊𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇𝒻𝓁𝓎 5 years ago today my life changed forever. I had my thyroid, a parathyroid, and 10 lymphnodes removed due to cancer. Shortly after my surgery I received my first dose of radioactive iodine. Nothing could have prepared me (or anyone for that matter) at such a young age to undergo the surgery and treatments. The past five years I spend hours upon hours getting lab work, ultrasounds, biopsy’s, injections, CT scans, and radioactive iodine treatments.
My doctors did not prepare me that the battle would be far from over after they removed my thyroid. They failed to tell me how sick I would feel for years, the struggle I would have with my weight, and lack of energy. They didn’t mention as they balanced my hormone levels with medication I would become depressed, fatigued, I would have skin issues, my hair would thin out and never feel the same again. I didn’t realize that removing one small little butterfly shaped gland could wreak so much havoc on my entire body. I thought my one little thyroid pill (that I will have to take for the rest of my life) would just substitute what I had lost, but It didn’t. My body rejected my thyroid medicine multiple times and swung me into hypothyroidism leaving me wondering what feeling normal even meant anymore. Even though it was hard and I wanted to give up so many times, I just kept pushing through and staying positive. I had my fair share of ups and downs but eventually I have always found my way back into the light. I decided to share what I went through in hopes of inspiring someone and remind them that they are not alone. I also share the truth about thyroid cancer on educating others about the challenges thyroid cancer patients are faced with. Even though it’s been five years I still suffer from extreme fatigue and staying in shape is a constant battle. The lab tests and ultrasounds that I still undergo have become a part of my new norm. It is as much a mental battle as it is physical & have to remind myself that I need to listen to my body and there are going to be days that I am not OK and that is fine. I am thankful for my life and that I am still here to live it.
(Note: My doctors at the City Of Hope did amazing job with my surgery and treatments and I am thankful for that. I do however feel that there was a huge under misrepresentation of the challenges I would be facing after my thyroidectomy. The purpose of this post was to educate awareness about the challenges thyroid cancer survivors face because it is a common misconception that our battle is over after we have been declared cancer free)