Denise's Journey:

Survivor: Thyroid Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 45, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Already had breast cancer...REALLY? Like I need this too!

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Doctor was awesome. Surgery went well - can hardly see the scar.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Meds for life...

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking Cytomel and Levoxyl currently. I am on my third endo. Hard to find a good one that listens and is attentive.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Did the whole iodine thing...sat in my room with my doggies for three days. Kids thought I was grounded I think. Lol. My husband and kids were pretty good at responding to needs.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Denise
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    My levels are constantly off...last year my hair started falling out and let's just say since I am pretty familiar with how horrible that was for me I was a basket case. My nails and cuticles became cutting ground...why does that happen? It is like I wanted to dig a hole in every nail bed I had. I had to wrap my hands and feet in medicine at night to repair damage from the day. Was very strange. Thyroid regulation is hard. Never knew the thyroid was so important. I would have kept it had I known! Fought the cancer another way or something!

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    More meds for life...

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Medicine changes are almost constant..... Side effects are difficult to manage when levels are off. Takes so long to get back on the right track, too.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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