On November 2012, a lump appeared on the side of my neck. The doctors told me it was probably nothing, but that we should check it out anyways. It turns out that the lump was a swollen lymph node. After an ultrasound and a biopsy I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer January 14, 2013. My dad had it in 2001, but mine was “special” because the thyroid cancer had spread to my lymph nodes.
I had surgery for a fully thyroidectomy and bi-lateral neck dissection to remove all the nodes on February 19, 2013 (three days before my 21 birthday).
The surgery went remarkably well and the scar is no where near as bad as I thought it would be. I’m being told that all is well, but I still have to go in for a radioactive iodine treatment to make sure that all of the cancer cells are gone.
I fight like a girl because I haven’t let anything get me down. I’m back at school and work and loving my life.
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