Where Has Jen Been? Thyroid Cancer and Other Nonsense

Jen of My Beauty Bunny blog shares her thyroid cancer storyJen of My Beauty Bunny blog shares her thyroid cancer story

So possibly you’ve seen the dearth of weblog posts on My Beauty Bunny recently? Sorry about that! I’ve been MIA recently, and when you observe me on social media, you most likely know why. I discovered in mid-June that I’ve thyroid most cancers. At first I used to be fairly devastated, however I poured myself into 24/7 analysis to study every thing I may concerning the illness.

It seems that thyroid most cancers is what they name “the best kind of cancer to get.” That was comforting to me at first, however that appears to typically piss off most individuals with thyroid most cancers, who say there is no such thing as a GOOD most cancers. While that could be true, there are undoubtedly extra aggressive types of most cancers that I’m very pleased to not have!

I’m going to inform you what I’ve discovered by doing a loopy quantity of analysis and speaking to a stunning variety of you guys who both have handled thyroid most cancers or know somebody who has. I’m not a medical skilled, and you shouldn’t take something I say as medical recommendation (duh!). The BEST factor I can suggest to those that are recognized with this (or any illness) is to get a second, even third opinion, and do your analysis!

So I discovered that I’ve thyroid most cancers as a result of I used to be noticing a lump in my throat. It’s not seen and I can’t even really feel a lump, however I felt like one thing was caught in there. It additionally felt infected and irritated within the common thyroid space. When I went for my month-to-month facial at Verabella Spa, I seen that I used to be very uncomfortable after they (very) evenly massaged that space. I made a decision to go see my major care physician to see what was occurring. I actually didn’t anticipate her to say I had most cancers!

My thyroid blood exams have been (and nonetheless are) regular. There was nothing for my physician to be nervous about aside from the truth that I used to be telling her I had neck ache. As a precaution, she had me go in for an ultrasound. I keep in mind sitting and ready for Dr. Herrmann (my dermatologist) to present me my melasma laser therapy once I learn the take a look at ends in my Cedars Sinai hospital on-line portal. It mentioned, “Small (9 x 10 mm) hypoechoic nodule with internal microcalcifications in the mid-upper pole of the right lobe which is highly suspicious. Ultrasound-guided aspiration is recommended.” Why would they are saying “highly suspicious”? Are you kidding me? I instantly began crying when Dr. Herrmann walked into the room. She assured me that issues have been going to be okay.

So then I received the Fine Needle Aspiration (AKA biopsy) executed at Cedars Sinai Hospital, which I used to be terrified to do but it surely turned out to not be so unhealthy – fast and little or no ache – and helped with a bit of Ativan to calm me down. When I received the outcomes from my physician, she advised me they mentioned they consider it to be papillary thyroid carcinoma. Of course, I used to be VERY freaked out, and it was taking endlessly to make appointments. They have been telling me I needed to wait over a month to observe up with an Ear Nose Throat physician and endocrinologist. So I did my analysis, and I referred to as again repeatedly till they received me in for earlier appointments.

By the time I noticed the ENT, I already knew a number of issues about my most cancers.

Thyroid most cancers is normally a really sluggish rising most cancers (until you’ve gotten a uncommon aggressive kind) – thyroid most cancers is usually present in autopsies of older individuals who had no concept they even had it!Thyroid most cancers is normally very treatable with lively surveillance, surgical procedure (partial or complete thyroidectomy), and/or RAI (radioactive iodine pill remedy). Chemo will not be normally wanted.My nodule is fairly small (about 1 cm). In a follow-up ultrasound, they didn’t discover most cancers in my lymph nodes (so it hadn’t unfold).Surgery is probably not the one possibility. Surgery could be tough, and dwelling with no thyroid will not be at all times a stroll within the park. Meds could be onerous to get proper, they usually might change over time.

After following up with the ENT and endocrinologist, I made a decision to do what they name “active surveillance.” It’s a part of a pilot examine in LA, NY and Japan. Basically, when you’re a great candidate, you’ll be able to determine to NOT have surgical procedure, however to look at and see if the nodule grows over time. I’m going to have a follow-up ultrasound in October, and if it grows at any time, I can have the surgical procedure to take away half or all of my thyroid. In the meantime, I’m doing holistic issues to see if I can cease this sucker from rising (or possibly even shrink it – who is aware of?). I’m taking a number of well-researched dietary supplements, consulting with my associates at Elements of Wellness, altering my food plan, taking CBD/THC, and even attempting to get out into nature by going to the park each day and visiting the seaside and mountains extra typically (you don’t notice how little “nature” you get if you stay in an enormous metropolis).

The solely factor that bugged me was that though the medical doctors consider it to be papillary carcinoma (the commonest and slow-growing type of thyroid most cancers), there’s a risk it’s a extra aggressive kind. There’s even a slight risk that it’s NOT most cancers in any respect! They gained’t know for certain until they lower it out and ship it to the lab. But, since I’m going for one more ultrasound in October, I really feel assured that we’ll catch it if it one way or the other seems to be an aggressive most cancers. If it one way or the other does unfold to the lymph nodes (which I doubt), they are often eliminated throughout surgical procedure as properly.

The bizarre factor is that what introduced me in to examine my neck within the first place was ache and a sense of one thing lodged in my throat (particularly once I was mendacity down). My medical doctors all advised me my thyroid most cancers nodule was too small and couldn’t be inflicting this sense. I consider my thyroid was infected (thyroiditis) though they couldn’t affirm it. With the holistic remedies I’m doing, the irritation has principally gone away. It comes and goes on occasion, however I’d say it’s 90% gone.

I’m additionally having a whole lot of different ongoing signs (shortness of breath once I stroll, quick coronary heart fee and dizziness once I arise, irregular fatigue, and so on.) that the medical doctors are saying aren’t associated to the most cancers. I’ve had so many exams recently and spent hundreds of (even with good PPO insurance coverage). I’m actually calm about this complete factor, however I’m additionally simply drained – mentally and bodily. I really feel like all I’ve been doing is medical doctors and coverings, so I’m actually pleased that I’ll be capable to take a fast trip in Florida with my husband and prolonged household quickly! Nature heals child!

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