My name is Sharon. I was first diagnoised almost thirteen years old , back in 1989. I had my entire thyroid, parathryroids, lymphs nodes and chest cavitiy scraped. Followed by M131 radiation in Feb 90, May 96, June 99 and Jan 00. Followup with tearduct reconstructive surgery (July 01) due to the side effects of the radiation. My right tear duct collapsed. At this point, I have "maxed out " on internal radiation treatments (M131) Currently, I was to have had 4 enlarged lymph nodes removed from my left side of my neck. However, once the surgeon was "inside" a radical neck dissection was necessary. Not only were the four lymph nodes were removed, but additional neck lymph nodes and all the lymph nodes under my shoulder muscle. Along with my lymph nodes, two lesions were discovered on my spine (C3-C4). At the beginning of this surgery I was to have the vertebrate removed with a bone hip replacement to replace the discs removed. The best part was to wear a neck brace for three months in the summer heat. But the good side of the surgery was after the head/neck surgeron finished, the neuro surgeon went in to begin the disc removal. However, the lesions were dead due to the previous radiation treatments and the dead cells were so small, the surgeon decided another alternative. The neuro removed the dead lesions, drilled out 20% around the lesions and saved my vertebrate. HEH HEH So today I sit here after my day of physical theraphy to restore my shoudler muscle back to normal, feeling pretty good. I do not have to wear the neck brace. I still have C# and C4 in my spine. The scar is directly over the previous scar. I have returned to work almost two weeks after the surgery. I can finally turn my neck so I can drive.Basically life is good again. Times can be rough.. but then there is the end of the rainbow. Attitude is everything.. and positive thinking can go along way.So for all thyroid cancer patients,, keep believing in tomorrow..and always try to smile everyday.