Let me first say, Thank you for having this blog and site. I found out I had thyroid cancer this past Friday (6/12/09). My journey though starts on December 26, 2008. I was sick and had my daughter take me to the base ER because I was having trouble breathing. I must say they worked me over while I was there. I had chest x-rays, EKG’s, I V’s with 2 different types of antibiotics, 2 breathing treatments and still my breathing was shallow. They decided to run some kind of scan to see if there were any obstructions with my breathing. There were none so I got my meds and finally after 8hrs went home. I was finally feeling better.
That following Monday I got a call from the family practice nurse saying that I needed to make a follow up appointment. I was checked every wk for 3wks to make sure my asthmas was fine. ( I have bronchitis and asthma problems every time the season changes). On one of these visits my Dr told me about the nodules they found on my thyroid. She told me I would need to talk to a surgeon and they would set up the appt for me. Truthfully I don’t remember all she said I just went home and waited for the appt. The Doctor I was to saw was transferring in a few wks so he did not want to handle my case since he couldn’t see it through. This Doctor referred me to another Doctor and set up my new appt. The first Doctor did tell me more info about what was going on and what might happen. He was the one who said I most likely would need a complete thyroid removal. Truthfully I just took all this in stride. I then went for an ultrasound. When they looked over the results of that they said the nodules on my left side still looked suspicious, so they recommended I have the surgery. When I saw the surgeon that was going to do the surgery he said I could have a partial removal and if they found cancer I would have to come back and have the other side removed. I told him I came in thinking I was having it all removed so that was the way I wanted to go.
So I had my surgery set for June 1, 2009. I had more blood work, chest x-rays, another EKG and a pregnancy test. (Everyone got a big kick out of that since I am 57). The surgery was a breeze. I did get sick when I woke up (2x) but with in 18hrs I was feeling great. I had no pain at all. 11 days later I was told that the left side nodules didn’t show any cancer, but on the right side a tiny nodule proved to be cancerous. So as of today and I have seen the Endoconologyst and I start my fun diet on the 13th of July. My main complaint at the moment is that there is no detailed list for what you can and can’t eat. Oh did I mention that I am also a type 2 diabetic. So this diet will be loads of fun. I also wish there were detailed instructions for what to do when you get home. Do I have to wrap my room, can I watch movies and touch the DVD player. I hate not knowing what to expect. Well since I still have a week before I start my diet and I don’t know yet when my procedure will be I will end this for know. Have a great 4th of July week end.