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Abby’s Story (Thyroid Cancer, Hypoparathyroidism)

abbys-story-thyroid-cancerI was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer when I was 12 years old. I had a total thyroidectomy and left neck dissection with removal of 20 nodes, and declared NED (no evidence of disease). However, I went on to develop hypoparathyroidism, which is now permanent. I am now 15 years old, and I have had many cancer scares in the last couple years. I also had to have my submandibular salivary glands removed, due to complications in my jaw that were related to surgical complications.

I currently take multiple medications at multiple times throughout the day to manage my care, but I am here and I am a warrior! This fall, I also developed a breast lump and after testing, I have a new oncologist and will be monitoring it. I know the road ahead will have bumps, but I will keep fighting. I have my family by my side, and I feel like I can get through anything!

Submitted 12/02/2020

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Donna Henry

    Dear Abby

    merry christmas I love you. I will pray for you and think of you
    In Donna Aunt Donna in in Texas USA people I know have fought this battle so I’m very interested in how it goes for you
    love Aunt Donna

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