I Am Only 28 Years Old...
You never expect to have cancer when you are in your twenties but that is what has happened to me. I was just diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I am only 28 years old. I have a daughter that is about to turn 3 years old. I have a husband. I just graduated college. I never thought this would happen to me, but it did.
I noticed a lump on the front of my neck that looked like an Adam's Apple about 5 years ago. I am not sure what I thought it was, but I ignored it. I kick myself everyday for that. While I was pregnant with my daughter, my OB told me I should go have the lump checked out and I ignored him and just thought it was nothing. The lump gradually got larger, but I figured if it was really serious I would get sick. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind.
There were symptoms that something was wrong but I just put them out of my mind. I had always been thin and I began rapidly gaining weight. Although my eating habits stayed the same. The lump had also begun to hurt when it was touched and had become painful when swallowing. I finally could not ignore the problem any longer when a second lump popped up a few months ago off to the side of the first one and began to grow at a more rapid rate. The right side of my neck became noticeably larger than the left.
At my husband's urging I made an appointment with my PCP and he diagnosed me with a goiter and referred me to an endocrinologist.
The endocrinologist was laughing and joking with me until the ultrasound then he became very quiet. No more smiles, no more jokes. He then told me to go out to the waiting room that they were going to set up to do a biopsy that day. The ultrasound showed three nodules- one 4cm, one 1.5cm, one 5cm. He did a FNA. Five needles in each nodule. Fifteen needles total. The look on his face was not encouraging. That appointment was a Tuesday. He told me he would call me the next week with the results.
That was the longest week of my life. I finally received the call from him at 4:45pm on Monday. He told me he was sorry but the biopsy results came back that I had Papillary Cancer in my Thyroid and in my right lymph node. I felt like my whole world crashed around me. I couldn't breathe. I had to tell my husband. I cried. I threw up. he had to call and tell my parents that their baby girl had cancer. It was the most horrible day of my life. Some days are still like that, some days are better.
The next day a nurse from the surgeon/oncologist's office called me and set up an appointment. I had that appointment yesterday. My surgery is scheduled for May 27th, so I still have another month of living with cancer inside of me, which is a terrible feeling. I have a CT scan set up for next week to see how far the cancer has spread outside of my lymph node. The surgeon is not very optimistic that it hasn't spread since the lymph node tumor is the 5cm tumor. But the treatment is the same either way.
I am still in the middle of dealing with this and I am trying to stay strong for my daughter, my husband, my family, and myself. I know that I have a long road ahead, but I will make it through!