spunky's Journey with Thyroid Cancer

Survivor: Thyroid Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 65, Stage I

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was already battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia that was no longer in remission at that time.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 2nd day post-op, I had minimal pain. Was pleased about that!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    The "abalation" as the doctors called was a very high dose of radiation. It kicked me in the butt! was sicker with that than any chemo I had received for my leukemia,

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    I lost my appetite, my mouth was dry, I was so tired all the time, sleeping 10 hours at night, then hour long naps. I had a hard time drinking water. Finally tried gatorade, and was able to get some fluids in. Nausea, no vomiting, even with anti-nausea medication

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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    My radiologist told me to go have a great rest of your life. No further treatment is needed. I clapped and laughed. I will still have follow-up visits with him and the surgeon, but was so happy with that comment.

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