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This is my first time on a blog, so I hope I am doing this right. I wish I would've discovered this blog 8 months ago. I was diagnosed 8 months ago and still can't believe that I have cancer. My cancer was discovered by my nurse practitioner, Emily. She has been my practitioner for the last five years. Last May I had an appointment with her for a check up. At the check up I told her that I was tired and that I was not myself. She did a full physical including blood work. She called me and told me everything came back normal. My thyroid levels were in normal range. Not low normal or high normal range, but dead center normal range. I made another appointment with her about a week later. She walked into the office and I just started crying. I told her I know that something is wrong with me. We went over my symptoms again. She felt my neck again. There was nothing there. She then went the extra step and ordered an ultra sound of my thyroid for that day. It was at that time they discovered that I had 6 nodules, 3 were suspicious looking. I was then sent to have a biopsy done (not a fun procedure). The biopsy came back positive for papillary thyroid cancer. The hospital I went to ( Cedars-Sinai) did a mapping of my lymph nodes. There were several that they were concerned about. They gave me a choice of doing another biopsy on the lymph nodes or going ahead with the surgery and they could test the lymph nodes then. I went ahead with the surgery. When they biopsied a few of the lymph nodes they tested positive. They ended up removing 26 lymph nodes. Out of the 26 lymph nodes 16 of them contained cancer. This type of cancer is a slow growing cancer. I had to have had the cancer for a year or two for it to have spread to that many lymph nodes. In August I did the Radioactive Iodine treatment. It was a very lonely 3 days. At the present day I am still not in the clear. My scans came back good, but my blood work is not good. We are still working out the exact combination of medication. There are good days and bad days. It is a daily struggle to be the positive person I was eight months ago. There is not a day that goes by where I am not grateful for my husband (my strength), my son (my courage), my friendships (encouragement) and my faith.

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February 2, 2012

California

Cancer Info

Thyroid Cancer

Papillary Thyroid Cancer

May 15, 2011

Stage 1

1.1 - 2.0 cm

Yes

Is never feeling safe.

To cherish and be grateful for each day.

prayers and strength

My only symptom was being tired and just not feeling like myself.

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