Thyroid Cancer opened my eyes
I hate to call myself a survivor when there are so many brave men and women out their fighting far worse cancers than my own. I was lucky to be diagnosed with a cancer with a very high survival rate. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 20. I had a lump in my throat for a couple of months and finally had it checked out by my doctor. I was sent to receive and ultrasound and was then sent to a local endocrinologist. I was given a biopsy on a Thursday and was told that I would be called the following week for results. The next day, I was called and asked to come into the office. I went into that office with the strongest most positive thoughts. When I was told that my thyroid had cancerous cells, I took a deep breath, looked at my mom then asked the doctor if I would be okay. He reassured me that if I wanted any type of cancer this would be the one to choose. I was operated on in June of 2009 and went through two treatments of radiation. I am now 23 years old and cancer free. My thyroid levels have been perfect and my doctor tells me that he has high hopes that if I die it will be at the age of 90 because of jumping out of a window, not because cancer got the best of me. I now have one less "part" of my amazing machine called a body, but I have gained so much more. I now run on positive thoughts and wake up everyday and think about a saying from my favorite movie, "Hakuna Matata"!