Early in my months of diagnosis when I was finding out about my disease, there was so much scientific information available to me, but what I wanted most was a humanistic description of what was going to happen to me and what I needed to do to get healthy. My older brother is an Ear/Nose/Throat Doctor, and I used to call him all the time just asking for translations of all the biopsies and reports and doctors lingo, because that stuff can get confusing. So this is for those of you who may be experiencing the same thing as I am, and who just want to know what’s going on and what to expect.
Don’t take anything I say here as medically sound, you’re better off going to WebMd or your doctor for that. This is meant to be an up-to-date account of what you can expect if you’re up against some kind of thyroid cancer or thyroid condition that requires surgery.
Lastly, I hope that this can be a source of comfort for those of you who are going through this or know someone who is going through the tribulations of this disease. It is very easy to let yourself become overwhelmed and feel overcome with negative feelings. Throughout your treatments, biopsies, and surgeries, just remember: thyroid cancer is treatable and beatable, and you CAN and WILL treat it and beat it. Yes it’s going to be hard, painful and cumbersome, but also manageable. I liked to think of it as a logical equation. Yes, I was sick with a very serious disease, and yes, it was going to be a very long hard road to cure it. However, as long as I completed the steps necessary (surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, etc), I would be healthy again. Just like the flu, or a cold, you take the necessary steps to make yourself healthy once again, and in this case it was no different. They may be slightly more extensive and difficult steps, but if you follow them you will be ok and you will beat it.
I felt it was very important to surround myself with positive thinking through the entire duration of this ordeal. Being negative, crying, and feeling sorry for yourself is a waste of time and energy that you could otherwise be spending fighting! So suck it up, get your thoughts straightened out, and decide to give this treatment everything you’ve got. Just like most things in life, what you get out of something is what you put into it. I went into every part of this ordeal smiling, joking, and thinking positively, and it made every step along the way ten times easier for me and everyone around me. So, whether you have thyroid cancer, or are a mother/father/sibling/or friend of someone with thyroid cancer, clear your head of all your worries and nervousness and bad thoughts, and begin reading with an attitude of confidence. You can do this!