Sep 17, 2003 - 1:26 am
Hi! I am 36 and diagnosised with thyroid cancer in July 2003. I am the mother of 3, 7 year old girl, 4 year old boy, and 6 month old baby girl.
My father died of pancreatic cancer at age 41, I was 14. His mother died at age 42 of lymphnomia before I was born. I always knew cancer would revisit me and I not as terrified as I thought I would be. I'm frustrated by the lack of treatment for medullary cancer, the iodine therapy doesn't work on this type. I had a total thyroidectomy and neck dissection. They removed 6 lymph nodes with 4 being infected. They were next to my vocal cords and still don't have my voice back.
The doctors decided to do a CT Scan as a "baseline" and found small "spots" in both my lungs and liver. They assure me that I won't have any symptoms for 5-10 years and by then there should be some good treatments.
I don't know how to handle any of it. My husband is having a hard time too. So many people are so supportive, but I'm not sure how to feel. Having my voice gone is a constant reminder that I am sick. I read some threads that talked about being bothered that people refer to thyroid cancer as the "good" kind. No one does around me. They hear cancer and panic. I find myself reassuring them. but I think I'm wrong. I don't want my children to grow up without a mom.
Any body out there in a similiar situation? Or have any experience with the vocal cord problems?