emsavard's Journey:

Survivor: Thyroid Cancer > Papillary Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 21 years ago, Female, Age: 64

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    • emsavard
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 5 years ago
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    Being diagnosed with thyroid cancer

    Oh No

    I was living a very healthy lifestyle. Everyone said "How could you have cancer?"

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    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had 3 surgeries. First to remove the cyst that showed no cancer cells. The 2nd was the total thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid that was malignant along with some lymph nodes and the 3rd was a right radical neck dissection to remove more suspicious lymph nodes.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    radioactive iodine

    Radiation

    Went through 5 radioactive iodine treatments. Damage occurred to my salivary glands therefore I suffer at times with the lack of saliva.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • emsavard
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 5 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    I have turned my negative experience into a positive by creating my website on papillary thyroid cancer so I can help others through their journey.

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