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The ‘C’ Word

So, I finally found out the results of my testing and biopsies….papillary thyroid cancer. Yep, cancer. There’s a 90% certainty of this, but at that high percentage, it’s pretty much a given. My doctor was convinced and surgery is to follow. At this point I do not know the Stage or if it has spread.  I do know that being under 40 (barely), and even under 45 years of age means the prognosis is quite good. At this point I’m more worried about quality of life. There are a lot of horror stories out there on the Internet. Not so much about dying, but of living with constant fatigue, depression, hair loss, pain, the list goes on and on. There are a FEW good stories out there online. I just have to remember that many of the people who are posting in thyroid cancer forums are those that are still suffering and trying to find answers…the success stories are out there busy with their lives and aren’t on thyroid forums. I am trying to find a reason and a purpose for having this rare type of cancer (I’ve read that only about 1 in 10,000 people get it). I would like something good to come out of it. I will try to remember that I need to post my story during and after treatment. And if the results are successful, optimistic, and  NOT horrific…I especially need to post my positive story. There will be others like me that need to hear it.

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Comments on: "The ‘C’ Word" (3)

  1. Jennifer, I’m sorry about your diagnosis. I faced a similar situation 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. You won’t be the same person any longer because of this and that is a really positive and powerful thing. Not sure where you live but I found the Wellness Community very valuable during my experience. See if there is one in your community.

    • Thank you, Tammy. So far, the ThyCa organization has been very supportive (for Thyroid Cancer patients and families). They do not offer a local support group in Southeastern Virginia (although I’m thinking about starting one – after my surgery and treatment!). I will also look into the Wellness Community. Glad to hear that you are doing well 5 years after your diagnosis!!

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