Hey everyone! My name is Shenta. I’m 25, and I am a Thyroid Cancer Survivor. In February 2013, I noticed a lump in my throat. I never had any problems with it. Around the beginning of Summer ’13, I caught a regular common cold, and it would not go away with any medicine that I took. I went to the hospital, and all tests came back normal. The doctor said, if the lump isn’t bothering you, then it is okay. Five doctors said that to me.
In October, I broke my leg. I believe this set off the line of events that would occur. In November, I began to stop breathing in my sleep for a little while, and then it happened when I was awake. Scared me to death. Then one day, I woke up and had absolutely no voice, even though I was perfectly fine when I went to sleep. My dad took me to the doctor, but with no different results. Went to another doctor who got me to do an ultrasound on my throat. It was the weekend of my college graduation. That Monday, they called to say that I needed to be seen by a specialist in Chapel Hill. Personally, I knew it was something bad because Chapel Hill consists of the best doctors for terrible things!
I went in January on a Thursday, and the doctor told me that if I hadn’t come in two days, the goiter would have cut off my air supply, and I would have died. I couldn’t believe it! I had to have emergency surgery that following Monday. He told me that there was a 1% chance of me having thyroid cancer, so DON’T WORRY! Yea right! That Monday, they told me the surgery would last only two hours. I went in at 8am, and when I came out it was dark outside, leading me to believe that something went terribly wrong. I had a total thyroidectomy. They clipped one of my vocal cords and had to repair all four parathyroid glands! And I HAD THYROID CANCER! Contrary to belief, I wasn’t mad, sad, or scared because, in my mind, I was thinking like, thank God that this is over. IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
Since then, my levothyroxine dosage has been changed 17 times. I have suffered horribly from hallucinations and delusions (I hear voices and feel like bugs are always crawling on me). I have sharp pains in my head, arthritis in my shoulders, and loss of hearing in my right ear. I can’t gain weight, can’t warm up on my own, and can’t bear to hear loud noises (everything and everyone seems soooo loud). I often get depressed and stressed for no reason. I’m afraid a lot, very paranoid, and am afraid to be in crowds. Since having surgery, I have lost over 60 pounds, and this freaking levothyroxine does NOT seem to be working. That’s just naming a few. There are over 300 symptoms. Half of the doctors don’t even know that, and they send you to other specialists, thinking that you have something else, when it is just that hypothyroidism is so severe. One symptom is infertility. To show you that all things are possible through Christ, I recently, in September 2015, just had a baby girl with NO BIRTH DEFECTS!
Ladies, please don’t give up the fight. ALWAYS fight like a girl! We are powerful. We can all be survivors! One God, one voice, one love!
The informational content of this article 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.
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.