You Told Me That I Had Cancer

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Since 2009, I’ve had thyroid nodules. Before that, doctors always thought that there were problems with my thyroid function because of my big eyes and skinny frame at that particular time. My thyroid function is normal. Thyroid nodules typically are not cancerous, but you are closely monitored. They can affect your breathing and your ability to talk and swallow. I didn’t have symptoms, but I can look at my neck and see the changes in size. Surgery would be too drastic unless there was a real need.

I’m sharing my story to encourage those that may be going through a similar situation with their health. Each year, I either have a biopsy or a thyroid ultrasound as a way to check for any changes. Last month, I scheduled a thyroid ultrasound and my routine mammogram on the same day. There weren’t any issues with that. I was only there for an hour or so.  The next morning, 6:30 am to be exact, I get a call from my doctor’s office saying that the doctor wants to see me that day or the next day.

At 10:00 am, I’m at my doctor’s office. I knew that he was either going to tell me about the ultrasound or the mammogram. This is my primary care doctor. When he walks in, he tells me that he has bad news and that it’s CANCER. I’m speechless to say the least. He tells me that there’s nothing to worry about and that this type of cancer is curable; I would need to have surgery. He also said that it might not be cancer, but the radiologist  was pretty confident that it was since the left nodule doubled in size. Before I left the office, I took a copy of my results with me.

I had an appointment with my Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist that Friday. When he saw the report, he said that it might not be cancer; I had to be positive. He referred me to a very reputable cytopathologist for a biopsy. She was able to see me that following Monday afternoon. She performed another ultrasound before doing the biopsy. Since 2009, I’ve had three of them, so I knew what to expect with the procedure.

Yesterday, I followed up with my ENT. Because of my strong faith, I was not worried about my results. My biopsy was benign, which means that I DO NOT HAVE CANCER! Of course, they will continue to monitor me, but I’m fine. By the way, my mammogram results were normal. I have family members that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I take that test very seriously.  I do my best to take care of my body, physically and mentally. We live in a time where we need to be mindful of everything going on around us. Doctors aren’t always right.  I never took life for granted; I will get the most out of life that I can.

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