All clear for now

So my GP has made a mistake in my last appointment with her, the thyroglobulin result was not due back til beginning of Nov. I know from my last post that I said I would find out on that friday but that wasn’t true….I found out that my GP didn’t really know what she was on about until I called the Specialist Nurse.

Today is the day I went to the hospital to get my thyroglobulin test result.

From the scan I had last month, I knew there were no lumps around my neck but from that, the doctors couldn’t tell whether there were any cancer cells anywhere else from the scan and therefore a special blood test was needed to confirm that and that’s why I had my thyroglobulin test done. So in another word, this test is freaking important to me as it will give me more of a reassurance that I have definitely kicked the Cancer bad boys away.

The result was fantastic! The thyroglobulin level was undetectable!!!!! Which means in theory there were no thyroid cells left in my whole body. No thyroid cells, no cancer.

I was so happy I just wanted to run around dancing in the consulting room…..

However, since I am in a high risk group based on the initial diagnosis (the fact that the cancer cells were already spreaded and how+where they spreaded) they will monitor me for the next 10 years at least to make sure that it won’t come back. I don’t want them to be back. Even when he mentioned radioactive iodine treatment which I had, made me shivered the thought of having that done again. It’s reassuring to know they will keep an eye on it for a long while.

My next thyroglobulin test would be due next March, but until then, this is it. I have the all clear for now yay!!!

 

 

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The result of the Ultrasound scan is…

No lumps!!!!

The ultrasound room was quite small and the light was dimmed once I laid down on the bed. After putting some cold gel all over my neck and jaws, the Radiologist started to scan thoroughly over those areas. The machine kept beeping every time he paused the scanning and it terrified me, but before I even asked, he reassured me that the machine just automatically made a sound every time he saved an image as a record and I didn’t have to worry 🙂 In the end, he just said he couldn’t see anything which concerned him and he would write the report to my consultant this afternoon. I regretted that I did the contouring of my jaws this morning, I mean, what’s the point right? I should have thought better….mmm.

After that, I got my blood test taken and after speaking to my GP this afternoon, I realised I would get the result much sooner than I thought…….this Friday! So combining this with the scan result today, I should find out on Friday whether I am definitely clear! Roll on Friday!!!!

Although Friday isn’t quite here yet……still, I am in the celebration mood already!

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6 months on post Op

So here I am, the night before the first thyrogen injection I am going to have. I am a bit nervous as some of the most common side effects (less than 1:10 chance) of having this injection are nausea and vomiting, headache, fatigue and dizziness. However, the hospital guideline said these are usually mild. Plus to think positively, this would be much better than the alternative option, which would be to go through the whole hypo hell process again. Forgotten what hypo hell was like? See below.

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This was me when I came off the thyroxine tablets for two weeks back in april before my radioactive treatment – dark times. 

Well, I am going to have another thyrogen injection two days in a row,  so….what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger right?

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 I collected these from the hospital pharmacy beginning of Sep and have been storing these in my fridge as instructed. Then tomorrow, while getting little monkey ready for school, somehow, somehow I should DEFINITELY remember to bring these with me otherwise I won’t be able to have my thyrogen injection tomorrow!!

Has the radioactive iodine I took in April has been working it’s magic? I will soon find out.

These injections are preparations for my stimulated thyroglobulin blood test on Monday. If the radioactive iodine treatment has been working, then the blood test reading for thyroglobulin (Tg) should be as low as possible. Thyroglobulin is a protein made by thyroid tissue. After total thyroidectomy, there shouldn’t be much thyroid tissues left to produce this protein and therefore the Tg level is very useful as a cancer marker. The only part that confused me is that, apparently you can’t totally rely solely on the Tg reading as any healthy thyroid tissue left behind can product Tg too, therefore a positive Tg reading doesn’t necessarily mean there are cancerous cells. I am going to ask my consultant about this.

On top of the blood test, I am going to have an ultrasound scan on that day too, that makes monday my BIG day. The ultrasound is gonna be like the one I had when they put some gel on my neck and roll around on top with a scanner like when they check pregnant tummy but except last time they found the shadows and did a biopsy straight away. But hopefully this time they won’t see anything suspicious………

To be continued.

I have some good news

Ok just a quick update………it’s not an all clear just yet, but I went for my hospital appointment today and was told that the body scan I had 5 weeks ago showed that there were no radioactive iodine uptake by other organs apart from the ones they expected. Although it doesn’t mean 100% the thyroid cancer hasn’t travelled to other organs, it is highly unlikely by the looks of it.

I was over the moon about this great news. So you may wonder why the doctor didn’t give me an all clear, this is because the radioactive iodine I have taken would carry on working its way to destroy any remaining cancerous thyroid cells in my body for another 5 months. Hence, at this stage they can’t say for sure  I am totally clear of cancer.

But you know what, I still did a little dance when no one was watching. It could have been worse right?

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I also had a blood test while I was at the hospital today as the doctors want to make sure the thyroxine (T4) and Calcium tablets I am taking are still the right dosage for me. I have been having common symptoms of being hypo lately such as feeling tired, dry hair and shed a lot whenever I wash my hair. Although I feel like I shouldn’t moan about these minor things considered things could have been a lot worse! Maybe one day I would just think sod this and have a new haircut you never know.

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Ok maybe not as drastic as this……..

 

The next step

I am going back to the hospital in October.  Instead of coming off the thyroid hormone tablets and do the horrible low iodine diet again, I will need to have one injection of thyrogen per day for two consecutive days.  After that I will go back on the following Monday to have my blood test for the level of Thyroglobulin and an ultrasound. Thyroglobulin is a protein produced by thyroid cells (both normal and cancerous ones). After having a thyroidectomy and RAI I should not have many thyroid cells left (both normal and cancerous ones), therefore the thyroglobulin level is used as a cancer marker – I want it to be as low as possible, so fingers crossed. On top of that, I will also have an ultrasound scan to make sure there are no tumour present.

This is all really. Nothing to worry about and nothing to prepare for the next 4-5 months. Just let the radioactive iodine to work its magic and hope for the best!

 

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2 months post surgery

Thank you once again for reading my blog.

Two Months Post Op

28/5/2017 – Just realised it’s been over a month since I had the RAI treatment and it’s been over two months since I had my surgery……..to me, it seemed like a decade ago. Perhaps subconsciously I’m trying to put everything behind me as much as I could and dive back into my beloved normal life with people I like to hang out with and things I like to do. However, I’m fully aware that until I’m given a remission result from the doctors I’m not definitely clear from the “C” word, but I’m optimistic. For now I feel normal apart from the numbness from my right ear lobe to the front of my neck (it could be temporary thing or permanent, only time will tell). I don’t get tired that easily anymore (I found shopping therapy DEFINITELY helped). I drive, I cycle, I work, I go to swimming lessons with Effie and I’m loving it.

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So let me backdate the missing puzzle from my blog (sorry for being so lazy to update my blog the last month or so!)

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24th April 2017 – The day I had my RAI at hospital I felt weak and sick. I asked for the strongest anti-sickness I could have to avoid feeling sick after the treatment.

My room was less clinical and not as prison like as I thought it would be. It is a single room isolated from the rest. I was told not to be in the same room with another adult  for the first 24 hours. I was allowed visitor to visit up to 30 minutes after that.I packed my 4 days worth of belongings in a suitcase and some snacks and fruits to keep me going. I didn’t bring my mobile phone, big mistake, I didn’t realise there was no WIFI in my isolated room.

Prior to the treatment, a nurse came in to take my blood pressure reading, it was so low she actually took another three readings before she confirmed it was 85/60. The doctor didn’t seem to be concerned about that, I guess it’s part of the side effect that I have been off med for two weeks. My lunch arrived just when my specialist nurse was talking to me. It consisted of a piece of very dry roasted chicken with some boiled broccoli and sweetcorn. She saw my face and urged me to eat as much as I could to line my stomach before taking the iodine tablet. So I did, the broccoli tasted like it has been boiled since last christmas and I was feeling sick anyway……..

The radioactive iodine tablet came in a tube, the staff handed it the tube to me, asked me to down it with a glass of water and she took my radioactive reading using a geiger counter – my reading was 50. Then she left the room immediately.

This picture was taken straight after I have taken the tablet.

Sorry to disappoint but I didn’t glow in the dark.

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Despite having a landline and a free TV and DVD player provided by the hospital, this experience was quite lonely and unbearable at times. The anti sickness didn’t work from day 2 and I was still on low iodine diet til day 4. So I was having all the hypothyroid symptoms plus feeling sick all the time. The hospital food on the left didn’t really help with the sickness. Louis had to bring me some food parcels for me on day 2.

My reading was dropped to 6 on day 4 and I was told that after my scans I could leave the hospital yay! Another good news, I could eat whatever I want from the moment I left there. Yippee~~ Wonton noodles and bubble tea that is then.

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However I felt sick the same evening 😦 The below picture was taken the day after I left the hospital. I still felt a bit sick.

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It didn’t take long before I felt better again, here is me 3 days after I left the hospital

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It helped after having this fish n chips

So that’s it, from then on, everyday I gained more appetite and energy and do all the normal things I used to do 🙂  Me & my family went to Bordeaux three weeks after my RAI and I can now say that was the best idea! The alarm didn’t go off at the airport either ha, I was told that I might be so radioactive that it might set off the alarm at security so I had to carry a doctor’s note on me just in case! I feel like I shouldn’t moan about this but one of the side effect of taking levothyroxine is that my hair has gone super dry and frizzy. I have tried coconut oil, argan oil and I’m desperate to try anything if anyone can recommend a solution to this I would be grateful!

Thank you for riding this journey with me by reading this blog. Thank you for all the feedback. Thank you for all the kind messages, helps and gifts from my families, friends and colleagues.  My in law and sister in law came to help when I was in the hospital, my parents have been here since mid-April and still here helping out with Effie and daily errands, I was staying at my in laws when I was radioactive and I was looked after and fed,  I had friends coming to visit me, food parcels delivered and Effie looked after… the list goes on, so MUCH love I was truly overwhelmed and really appreciated all the support I received. You all contributed to my road to recovery, love you all x (In my head, I am recovered so just go along with it!)

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Hold on, this is not a goodbye thank you, er, no. I really can’t wait to say “this is it” but I have a hospital appointment on 6/6 to talk about possible next step treatment for me (if, there’s a need for that). So watch this space and wish me good luck!

 

Two weeks on Low Iodine Diet (LID) and off thyroxine tablets

To summarise the two weeks off med + LID diet experience….

My energy level chart

The thyroid specialist nurse did warn me the second week of coming off the medicine would not be very nice. (Quoted from the leaflet : During this time it is usual to experience symptoms such as dry skin, dry hair, feeling lethargic and depressed all of which can interfere with daily life.) The first week wasn’t all that bad, I remember the first couple of days I woke up feeling as if I got a hangover, easy enough to deal with. The second week, mmm, the effects of not having a thyroid and not taking any thyroid hormone tablets started to hit me pretty bad. I didn’t feel depressed in particular (well depressed not being able to eat what I wanted to eat), but I was tired and cold all the time, feeling dizzy everytime I got up from lying down/sitting up position, pins and needles in my arms and legs when I sat down and feeling sick which wasn’t very nice.

Reasons of going on Low Iodine Diet (LID)

Iodine is part of everyone’s diet and is essential for the normal working of the thyroid gland. Although my thyoid gland was removed during the surgery, some thyroid cells still remained in my body. No one knows for sure that the remaining ones are cancerous or not. Like oridnary iodine, radioiodine is taken up by the thyroid cells but the radioactivity destroys them. To make sure the remaining thyroid cells are “hungry” for taking up the radioactive iodine, I was on a LID diet to deprive my iodine uptake so that when I have my treatment, my body would take in as much radioactive iodine as it can to do its job.

Foods to avoid for LID

  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, chocolate) and food contains whey powder
  • Eggs
  • Seafood (fish, prawns) and food contains carrageenan, agar-agar, algin, alginate, and nori
  • Iodised salt
  • Takeaway food and restaurant food (never 100% sure what they put in their food)
  • Food with Red dye (E127)

My LID

I was allowed to have unlimited amount of fresh vegetable and fruits . Great, I could justify to buy a Nutribullet at last, yay!! I always wanted one of this to make smoothies 🙂

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Carrot and corriander soup and mix veg salad

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Freshly made sausage rolls, home made pesto sauce and home made pasta, home made bread with tomato salad

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Home made bread (with iodine free salt)sourdough

On top of these, I had a lot of rice cakes with pure peanut butter and popcorns made without salt/sea salt.

No, I didn’t make any of those wholesome homemade food. I had just enough energy to put frozen fruits into the nutribullet to blend…. my amazing husband Louis has made everything for me.

Still, I had a list of food I wanted to eat after the RAI treatment: –

  • Takeaway curry – Sag paneer (Indian cheese with spinach)
  • Instand cup noodles (the proper stuff, not Pot noodles!)
  • Burger and shake
  • Wonton noodles and bubble tea
  • Fish and chips

I dreamt about eating those things in desperation and waking up feeling guilty as I thought I had really broken the rules!

The only time I have eaten out was at Charlie’s the pizza place in Cambridge. To have a salad at a pizza place was not entirely a joyful experience but hey, look on the bright side, at least it wasn’t as bad as hospital food (this would be featured in my next post!).

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I had LOTS of food cravings but I had been eating lots of healthy food because of the restrictions. Coming off the med should have made me gain weight in theory as my whole body metabolism was slowed right down but the healthy low iodine diet sort of counteract to that and therefore my weight has stayed the same.

Thank you for reading this and in my next post I will talk about my radioactive iodine treatment.

 

Post-op (Part II)

Hi, this is me, week 3 since my surgery.

The surgeon has done an amazing job and the scar is fading faster than I expected.

 

So how have I been the last few days?

Think of me as an old iphone battery –  when the battery bar was 49% the last time you looked at it, few minutes later, boom! You’re in the red with 6% left. That’s me.

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The way I see it when I feel positive is that, when my “bar” is full, I am good as normal but I got to remember not to over-do things as I get tired very easily and all of the sudden I would need to lay down, closed my eyes, recharge then I am good to go again.

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This is all part of the side effects I am getting from coming off the thyroid hormone pills. Why would I stop taking them?

Ok so, two weeks after my thyroidectomy surgery I had a meeting with my consultants. So here is the summary of the report from what they found: –

  • A firm papillary thyroid cancer 30cm
  • Lymphovascalar invasion
  • Total lymph nodes taken out: 47 (13 of which had cancer)
  • Stage T3 N1b

Now stage one of battling this bad boy is completed, the next stage is Radioactive Iodine treatment (RAI) . For that I will need to go back to the Hospital, ingest a radioactive iodine tablet and because it is so radioactive which will make me very radioactive, I will have to be isolated in a seperate ward for at least 4 days and another 5 days at home (but has to be away from children including my daughter). Two weeks before this treatment, I needed to come off my thyroid hormone pills and start a Low Iodine Diet (LID).

The reasons for going off thyroid hormone pills and LID: –

  • Off thyroxine – so the fT4 and fT3 in your body will become depleted and your pituitary gland will send TSH out into your body to have your thyroid produce more T3 and T4. To do this it needs iodine.
  • Low Iodine Diet – to deplete the body of its stores of iodine, to help increase the effectiveness of the radioactive iodine scan or treatment. The premise is that when the radioactive iodine is administered, the thyroid cells will “suck” up the iodine, because the body has been so depleted.

Now the fun bit for me, the side effects I have been experincing since I have stopped my levothyroxine on 14/4 includes: –

  • Hair fell out in patches (the biggest patch is about 5p coin big) – only happened the first few days and dandruff – I managed this by using anti-dandruff product and it worked
  • Dry skin – not overly bad, Aveeno seems to do the job
  • Forgetful
  • Stressed at tiny things (nothing more than usual then)
  • Tingling sensations on my feet and hands occasionally
  • Heavy, dragging feeling that force me to stop everything I do and go to bed – this happened a lot from week 2
  • Feeling hungry and sick at the same time, all the time from mid-week 2. I wonder if the TSH level is getting very high and this is the side effect of it. I m founding it quite hard to hold things down at the moment.

Speaking of which, I am getting very tired right now so I need to lay down and finish talking about my LID in my next post and I may even do that when I am isolated in the hospital next week to give me something to do!

Thank you very much for reading my post x

Post-op (Part I)

My surgery has taken 5.5 hours.

When I woke up, the first thing I have noticed was the time on the clock, 7:25pm. A nurse came over to tell me the time and where I was (recovery room). Then the surgeon and my anaesthetist came over to inform me that the surgery has gone well. Next thing I realised was that I could speak! Previously before the op, I was warned by my surgeon that there was a very small chance that the vocal cord could be damaged or bruised during the op and therefore my voice could change either permanently or temporary. I am very thankful that I still have my voice. My voice was a bit deeper than normal straight after the op but other than that it was fine. Then I was sick, it was the side effect of the general anesthetic. I had an anti-sickness jab and that sorted me out.

By the time the staff wheeled me to where I was going to stayover, it was way past 8pm and I did not expect to see Louis as its past the visiting hours. But here he was, as cheesy as it sounds, he was standing at the end of the corridor smiling at me (it was like Leo in Titanic standing at the top of the staircase, holding his hand out to Kate Winslet, ok, cringy, I know, don’t care).

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This is when I just got wheeled from the recovery ward into the ward where I was going to spend the next 4 days there.

Next, I was trying to go to the toilet and realised I could not do it by myself, my legs were too weak to hold myself up and I needed assistant. Also I realised that I got a new “handbag” attached to me, it was a drain attached to my wound to drain the blood – nice.

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I was surprised that I could eat and drink without any problem the day after my surgery (not that I couldn’t eat the night before but I was too drowsy/sick/tired straight after my op).

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One of my hospital food – jelly. If you don’t know, let me tell you, I used to develop Jellies for a leading Jelly brand for 4 years. While I was eating this, I actually rated this knockoff jelly about it’s (appearence/texture/flavour) just like the good old times, ha! Of course, it was a thumb down, just like the rest of the hospital food…ok, I’m supposed to be super thankful to everything now that I’m alive.

I started to have pins and needles sensation on my hands and legs from day 2. This sympton plus the blood tests results, they confirmed that my parathyroid was probably bruised during the surgery and therefore I would need to start taking Calcium tablets. Also I started to take my thyroid hormone tablet (levothyroxine) for the rest of my life now as I no long have a thyroid to produce hormone.

I couldn’t sleep too well at the hospital and also I was anxious that I won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day at home. I was super delighted when they let me go just the day before that.

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Last day at hospital – day 4

Unfortunately, somehow somewhere at the hospital, I must have contracted a stomach bug, I started to vomit everything I ate/drank for 3 days from the last day at the hospital to when I got home. It really wasn’t ideal when I just had a neck operation but I just got to deal with it.

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A week post op, Louis joked that I could hang some pandora charms on each staple, good idea Louis.
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A week post op – Staples out at GP
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In case you want to know what they look like – 23 staples

You may wonder, what about the pain, no, I didn’t have any pain. My nerves were damaged during the surgery. I was very smug that I didn’t feel the need to take painkillers, but then I was also worried that what if my sensation of hot/cold/pain on this area never come back?

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Week 2 post op -healing nicely
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My first drive post op – between week 2 to week 3

Summary of everything post op up to week 3

  1. I could not hold my head up for a long period of time or I would get very tired with my neck and shoulder, so I needed to lay my head down to rest my head quite often.
  2. 5 days post op for my first hair wash but had to be careful not to wet my wound.
  3. 7 days post op for staples to come out.
  4. 10 days post op I could wet clean my wound.
  5. 17 days post op I went cycling.
  6. 18 days post op I drove (I was advised not to drive for at least two weeks as I won’t be able to turn my head to check blind spot).

In my next post……..

I received the histology results on day 14 and also had my date for my Radioactive iodine treatment booked on the same day. I am going to talk about the super strict low iodine diet that I need to adhere to as part of the preparation pre-treatment. Oh, and all the side effects I am experiencing coming off the thyroxine pill.

Thank you very much for reading my post.

Pre-Surgery

To combat the papillary thyroid cancer that I’ve got, my consultant proposed two stages of treatments: firstly, a total throidectomy (total removal of my thyroid) plus neck dissection for taking out the lymph nodes and secondly, radioactive iodine treatment. For the latter, I am going to explain more in details when it comes to it.

What I really wanted to know was that when exactly this cancer started to develope – apparently I would never find out as I was told by the consultant. So what I did was to go through all the pictures I’ve taken the last two years and see if I could find any lumps or any signs.

To be honest, I am not so sure if I could see anything.

 

Fast forward to the day of my surgery………

I still can’t see anything on the picture if I am honest, that’s how scary it was to think back. I could have easily ignored this little lump I detected as I felt completely fine with no symptoms. These pictures were taken when Louis and I were waiting in the ward from 7am til 1pm just before the surgery. My consultant has put an arrow with a black marker pen on my neck to indicate which side they would perform my neck dissection on. Louis joked that maybe he should just put a few more markers on random places, just to confuse them of course 🙂

Considered that I had been starving since 12 midnight the night before and not being able to drink water since 5am that morning………

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Me jolting down notes for my blog
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Oh so chic surgery gown and compression socks combo
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My hero Dave who wheeled me into the theatre
My heart was beating very  fast as I was on the wheelchair, it suddenly kicked in that I was going to do this.

Let the cancer journey begins

Jan 2017 – I was watching netflix with my husband Louis after my daughter Effie has gone to bed. Suddenly, I felt a lump on my neck just above my right collarbone. It was not very big so I was not concerned but I have mentioned it to Louis.

13th Feb – I felt my lump again, it has got significantly bigger (but not big enough to see visually). Louis asked me to get it check out at GP.

14th Feb – To celebrate this supposingly romantic day, I went to see my GP. She checked my neck, body temperature, inside my ears, my throat and the lymph nodes under my arm pits. She concluded that everything was fine apart from my throat looked a bit red. She felt the lump too and worried that my body was fighting for something as the lump was my lymph node that was “swallon”. Nevertheless, she referred me to have a blood test and x-ray at Addenbrookes Hospital just find out what is wrong with me on the safe side. I am glad she did the right thing. Thank you Doctor.

The blood test was done at Sainsbury’s near Coldham’s Lane. Who would have thought that you could get your blood taken and to do your grocery shopping at the same place ; ) It was quick and easy, no booking was required.

The X ray was in and out within 5 minutes too. Just as well, the parking fee at Addenbrookes is ludicrous if you ask me.

1st Mar – Hospital Appointment at ENT department (Ear, Nose and Throat). It did not inform me much on the appointment letter so I did not know what to expect and stupidly brought Effie with me. I regretted it big time as I did not forsee how much I had to take in on this day. I had an ultrasound first, the sonographer told the nurse “60” (I wish I asked him what it meant). It was followed by a local anesthetic and a biopsy on my neck. I was very confused at this point.

I was seen by a ENT consultant straight away. At first, he put a tube camera down my nostril to look inside my throat. Then he sat me down and have that concerned look on his face. I did not like it at all. He said he was very worried about my health. He feared that I have a tumour in my thyroid and it has already spread to my lymph node. The lump I felt was my lymph node. I had no idea my thyroid was poorly too. I feared the worst and asked him if it was cancer, he said it was very likely but he could not say for sure until the biopsy result was back. It would normally take two weeks for the result to come back and it would take another two weeks before a thyroid removal surgery is performed he said. I must have looked upset and shocked. He reassured me that the recovery rate is very high and this is very curable. I could not believe it. I was so happy with my life at that point I even said to Louis that something bad bound to happen now everything is so perfect in my life. I was not wrong. The walk from the clinic back to the car park seemed much longer that day.

7th Mar – I have an appointment letter to ENT again to discuss my biopsy results on 22nd Mar. I called the hospital and asked them if I could see a ENT consultant sooner then that as I was told the wait would just be two weeks not three. The consultant’s secretary checked on the system and conclude that the reason why I had to wait for three weeks was because the consultant I have seen was on holiday most of the time in March! I demanded to see another consultant in the same team and I thanked myself for pushing this, because only then, the secretary confirmed that my biopsy result was back and quickly arranged another consultant to see me the following day.

8th Mar – Mr. Fish my second ENT consultant confirmed that I have papillary thyroid cancer and it is stage T2 N1, which means, it has spread outside my thyroid and the surrounding lymp nodes have cancer cells too. I did not cry as I was very relieved that it was not the deadily form of thyroid cancer. Since my last appointment on 1st, I have done extensive research to increase my knowledge of Thyroid cancer and I am so glad I did. I prepared myself not to get upset whatever my diagnosis is, as long as it’s not the one with low five years life expectancy. All I wanted was to live.

This is how I found out that I have Thyroid Cancer. My advises to anyone who worry this may happen to you:-

  1. Do self check regularly on your neck, we were told to do self check for breast cancer but no one said anything about checking for thyroid cancer.
  2. If you find a suspicious lump, get it check out immediately. Even if you have to take time off work to attend your appointment, do it (Trust me, health is MORE important than work in a long run).
  3. If your GP do not think much of the lump and has not referred you for more tests and your gut feeling is telling you no, get a second opinion or push for more tests ie. blood test and x-ray (especially if you have any family history of this).

In my next post, I will tell you about my pre and post op journey (not during as I was under general anesthetic 😂 ).