I 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!
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.