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Tamaria’s Story (Thyroid Cancer)

Tamaria's Story Thyroid CancerMy 16-year-old daughter, Tamaria, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month. She has already undergone 2 surgeries. 1 was to remove the left portion of her thyroid when we thought the mass was a benign cyst. Then the pathology results came back, and she had a 2nd surgery to remove the thyroid completely. She goes back this week for scans to see if the cancer spread anywhere in her chest or lungs. This all started with a lump on her throat. Her primary care physician referred her to UVA hospital. Her doctor there ordered a fine needle biopsy, and that actually came back as non-cancerous. In a way, that 1st surgery may have saved her life. After the scans this week, she will have to prepare for a radioactive iodine, where she will be radioactive and will be isolated for about a week.

Cindy
Virginia
Submitted 09/28/2014

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.

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3 comments

  1. Way to go Tamaria! I am so proud of you and your family. Keep fighting like a girl. We are #teamtamaria

  2. We are praying for you guys

  3. My 16 year old daughter just had biopsy done on Feb 8th we are awaiting results, the nodule is huge.. she has been hoarse, bad pain and overall been very tired and no energy.. I’m worried sick waiting on results.. how long did the initial results take?

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