Jan 21, 2011 - 6:43 pm
Im 21 years old and on November 19th 2010 I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. A month and three days later I was recovering in Memorial Sloan Kettering, after a total thyroidectomy done by the most awesome surgeon ever. I swim in college and if it wasn't for my coach I would have never found this surgeon. If it wasn't for my forced yearly swim physical god only knows how long the nodules would have gone undetected. I had two types of papillary thyroid cancer, on one side i had "tall cell variant"(which is agrressive) and on the other side I had a "follicular" type (which is not so aggressive).
The term "cancer" bring about many emotions and being negative connotations. Although cancer is never pleasant, I take this experience as a blessing. From this experience I realized that anything can happen at any moment and to live life to the fullest. Not saying to go out and be crazy and do things you normally wouldn't but just be a little less uptight and always have a good time and life to please yourself. This experience also shows me who my true friends are. I had two "best friends" and the BOTH missed my surgery day and have stopped contacting me. i have gained an awesome friend, she was with me and my family in the hospital from 9am to 8pm ((she will be in my wedding =]))
This experience helped me grow up, develop stronger bonds with the people who were always there for me, to live life to the fullest, live for yourself and I'm stronger than I ever realized.