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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Other): Now on thyroid medication for life. Supposed to suppress what remains of my thyroid to lessen the chance of cancer coming back. It's been 21 months and my endo can't get me on the right dose. Every time I get close, my TSH jumps upward again and he doesn't know why. Tired of going back every 6 weeks for more blood tests and another dose change.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Thyroid cancer found unexpectedly during surgery for parathyroid adenoma. Returned two days later for more surgery. Surgeon removed half my thyroid, not all of it. It all happened so fast, no time to research it and learn about what I had. Saw 5 doctors, and they were evenly split (one was on the fence) about whether entire thyroid should have been removed or not. Not sure if I did the right thing.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Radiation is next up, starting in early October. Concerned--how much benefit will I get, and how much damage will it do?

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Not as bad as I'd feared, but not easy. I am totally frustrated that I'm expected to go to work most days and I get little or no feedback on what side effects are to be expected. "Everyone is different"--sick of hearing that. Feels like I need to fight every step of the way for whatever they can do to mitigate the effects. I am through 7 of 8 chemo treatments. Counting the days until this is over and I get my life and my BRAIN back.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): Surgery at a large teaching hospital sounded like a good idea. It wasn't. I was treated like a number, not a person, with a total lack of compassion. And, never again do I want to be in a situation where students are performing surgery on me. The results were disappointing, and the surgeon doesn't care.

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