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    I was also diagnosed this year, in August. I am just finishing up my radioactive iodine 131 as I type this now. Tomorrow I go to get my final body scan before I'm released from radioactive status and can eat normal food. Best of luck to you and if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them :) You're in my prayers, as well.

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    Radiation (Internal radiation): I was nauseated the first 4 days of treatment, metallic taste in my mouth the last half of the week, tenderness throughout my jaw and cheeks in my salivary glands the first 2 days and was not a fan of the iodine-free diet for a month. I am still in my radioactive phase..but only until tomorrow morning! I could not be more excited! :)

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): My ENT, who did my surgery as well, said the nodule did not look malignant. 1 week later, I got the call that it was grade 2 cancer and we needed to take the other lobe out, with just 1 week before the start of my senior year in nursing school. Being completely hypothyroid for over 2 months, almost 3 months, has definitely taken a toll on me, mentally and physically. I am much more tired than usual, my focus is not 100%, the iodine-free diet has NOT been pleasant and being isolated have all been major factors after this surgery/RAI. This has definitely not been an easy road.

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    Decision Point: My ENT ran a complete thyroid panel, a fine needle aspiration and did an ultrasound..all coming back negative for anything, except for confirming 3 nodules on my thyroid...the largest 3 cm on my right lobe. She let me decide, since I'm younger, if I wanted to watch, repeat or just do surgery. I decided a right thyroid lobectomy.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): Being a nursing student, I'm always self-diagnosing. This time I was right about something not being right with the right side of my thyroid. Another nurse I work with also noticed it..so this smart girl went to get it checked out.