At the end of May, I came down with a bout of Laryngitis. After 3 days my voice wasn’t coming back, so I decided to hit up a Walk-in Clinic and see if I could get some meds to speed up the process. Little did I know that the doctor who was doing the clinic that day had a sharp eye. Within minutes of seeing me and feeling around my throat, she asked if I had thyroid problems. To my knowledge my thyroid was fine. Apparently not. She seemed to think it seemed a little enlarged and was pretty concerned. Within a week she had me booked in for tests, which included an ultrasound.
No one likes to get that call from their doctor’s office. “The Doctor would like you to come in to discuss your results”. You know that’s never good. And it wasn’t. The ultrasound had revealed a nodule on my thyroid. This could just be a growth, or it could be cancer cells. Unfortunately the results from the biopsy came back as being cancer.
Lucky for me, Thyroid cancer is highly treatable, the survival rate is high, and it’s very slow to spread. Also lucky for me, it had not moved into my lymph nodes or glands.
On December 20th, I went in for surgery at the Chinook Regional Hospital to have my entire Thyroid removed. I’ve recovered very well, feel mostly ok, and returned to work the week after my surgery. Now we just wait to see if the pathology comes back saying I need to go through radiation treatment or not.
In the meantime, I wake up every day looking at this scar on my neck. I asked people on Facebook what they would call my scar if they could give it a name. There was everything from Kevin, to Smiley, Victory (as in victory over cancer), Scarviver, Beaver, to my favourite: Rockscar!
All I can say is that I’m grateful I got Laryngitis – it literally saved my life. – Tia