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Cancer: Thyroid board

Hi Rebekka,
As Bosmon mentioned, the same thing happened to me. I had a partial done in August of last year, and never expected to come back cancerous. Throughout the previous years, my FNA results were always benign. 8 weeks after the surgery, I was phoned and told it was cancer. My immediate reaction was tears and the unknown. I was pretty okay with it, but I had my moments when I realized how little I or the doctors knew about what was still left in me. I had my second surgery in January ( I waited a while too, at first my oconologist said it would be safe to wait until April- after I was finished school, then my surgeon, gp and endo demanded I get it out asap since it was so unknown). The second surgery was postponed because I was sick, and I was absolutely dreading getting it done again as the first surgery took 5 weeks to recover from because of infections. But RELIEF!!! The second surgery went awesome, I was back on my feet that night instead of three days later. And I have been taking cytomel for a while, but I had to go off of it 3 weeks prior my whole body scan. During that time, I was depressed and angry and all sorts of moods conflicted with my non moving body and terrible skin/cold tolerance, etc. I had RAI treatment done on the 17th of February, and since then I have been just regulating my meds. It's taking a while, very frustrating at times but I know that it was all for the good and so be it.

What I reccommend for you is to get a GOOD, trustworthy network of doctors to help you along this illness. Talk to your main doctor and ask him what will all the procedures will be, what he thinks is best, and get him to understand that he can't assume you are okay with everything he tells you. My biggest problem during my expereince was having many of the doctors minimize things that I didn't fully understand. I had a wonderful support group of friends, they really helped me out. Make sure people whom you spend a lot of time with understand what your body will be going through when you are off meds and are becoming extremly hypo. I thought at times I would go crazy pretending I knew how to simply answer the phone. My judgement was affected a great deal, it was distasterous in some cases ;). Humourous now, scary then.

I hope you have a safe and short journey ahead of you, just remember that life goes on, and how you respond to it is important, take breaks, rest, cry, laugh, go out more then you should, spend time with people you want to instead of whom you have to, and look at the sky with your chin up high. It's not life threatening, but it sure teaches a great lesson. In a way, I am glad I had this lesson so young, and lets hope this is the ONLY lesson we ever need to be taught.

Good luck and lots of love, alexis