Twenty-Ninth Entry: Thyroid Literary Contest – Three Words of Encouragement
Believe, Hope, Support and Knowledge.
I just found out that I have a 1.5 cm nodule on the right lobe of my Thyroid. I am so afraid I may have cancer! My father just died 2 years ago this weekend of lung cancer. I will find out if I need a biopsy and/or surgery this week.
This has been a long ordeal just to get to this point. I believe something has been wrong with me for quite some time but the doctors kept dismissing me, saying its just part of getting old, exercise and watching what you eat, etc. Well I do watched what I ate and exercised 3-5 times a week for years. This past year my bad cholesterol (LDL) was high; I was diagnosed with mild Osteopenia. I have gained over 20 pounds and have no energy to do the things I normally do.
Last August I started having pain/numbness and tingling on the back left side of my neck going up the left side of my head to the crown. Because I have chronic sinusitis they told me to see an ENT, which I did and they took a tissue sample just in case it was something else and found a staph infection. I thought that might be the answer but after the antibiotics cleared the infection the pain, numbness and tingling was still there along with all the other normal symptoms of thyroid problems. My primary care doctor ran blood tests with my TSH in the “normal” range but my CRP was high. I was then told to see a neurologist who finally found the nodule with the cervical spine MRI.
I know I am not alone in this because it has been amazing the people I have run into in my exercise class, church, kids sports etc that have told me their stories where in the end with medicine they feel so much better. They have offered support by giving me doctors/hospital/website names and given me hope that everything will be ok. All the research I have done says that most nodules are benign and with treatment and monitoring you can live life to the fullest.
The butterfly painting reminds me of a saying my Maya Angelou “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” which I think also is true of the process people go through with Thyroid Disease. I am 46 year old, single mom that wants to be around for my sons and want to feel like “me” again.
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