Aug 24, 2006 - 7:00 pm
I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer in January 2006. My cancer was found by accident on an MRI of the Cervical Spine. I went thru the ultrasound, small needle biopsy which came out negative. I just had a feeling I had cancer so I opted for surgery to remove the left thyroid. The pathology report showed cancer. Glad I had the surgery. One month later I went under again to remove the right thyroid. The right side was negative. I did loose one lymph node on the left side to cancer but that was it. The 2 surgeries have left me with hypoparathyroidism. This means my parathyroids no longer work, so I am calcium dependent. I take 8400 mg of OTC calcium and 4 prescription pills a day for my calcium and nothing seems to be working. At a lost for this condition. I then went thru the I-131 treatment. I just recently found out I received a large dosage because I had so much residual left. Shortly after this treatment my endocrinologist left state. I was left without one for 4 months. I just went to my new dr and he has discovered 5 small masses in my right neck area. I am fixing to start the low-iodine diet Sept 4th and start the thyrogen shots Sept 11th - 15th. I am very anxious and nervous about the shots. I do not know enough about them to know if they are effective. I am also very nervous because I have the same feeling I had last time, the feeling to knowing I have the cancer. I do not know what to expect as far as treatment goes and surgeries. I do know if it is back I am going to go to MD Anderson. I am in the medical field and I want the best to treat this if it is in the lymph nodes. I am very depressed because I have not felt good since the 2nd surgery and here we go again. I feel like I don't run my life my body does. I use to be a very energetic person, always on the go, but not anymore. I make myself get out of bed every day. If I didn't have to go to work I would probably never leave the house. Please help. Looking for answers or experiences like mine. I know I am not the only one out there with this.