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#1 Cheryle

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 04:21 AM

I have cancer in my thyroid gland and I have to have surgery soon to have my thyroid and perhaps some lymph nodes removed. It is not an aggressive cancer. The doctor told me it, Papillary Cancer, is the better one to have. and we found it early. Actually my daughter found it!! I'm lucky to have a daughter who is a Sonographer, aren't I?

My Endocrinologist could not feel it, as it's deep within my neck and my blood work showed nothing abnormal, so otherwise I would not have known I have it until perhaps too late. Symptoms are shortness of breath and difficulty swallowing, but I would have thought it was due to my lung problems or my esophagus problems. So I feel very lucky!!

I just want to hurry up, have the surgery and get this all behind me. Once I have the surgery, the doctor said I will be on thyroid medicine for life. What's a few more pills?

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:03 AM

Hi Cheryle,

I'm very sorry you have thyroid cancer! I'm glad it is treatable though. Thank goodness for your daughter!
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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:07 AM

Oh, Cheryle, I am so sorry to hear this. Dear me, if it's not one thing, it's another~ Let us know when the surgery is scheduled, won't you? I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Well, I guess your daughter has in this case helped keep my daughter in a job. She's a pharmacist, so the more pills the better! :lol:

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:24 AM

Cheryl,
It's wonderful that you have a daughter that is taking such good care of you and knows what to look for. Hugs to your daughter! I'm sorry to hear that you have to deal with this. It's a good thing it was found early. I'm sure taking more pills for the rest of your life was a "so what - just add it to the pills I take already." :)

Please keep us updated. You'll certainly be in our thoughts.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:47 AM

My sister had this done a number of years ago. She still battles keeping her numbers in check but stays on top of it. Your daughter is like mine, who is a pharmacist, in that they take very good care of us. Without her I don't know where I'd be.

I wish you good luck in your surgery and that everything goes great.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:58 PM

Cheryle,
I'm sorry you have cancer, but, thank goodness, it's a treatable one. Your daughter is wonderful!

I'll be thinking of you! Let us know when you're going in for the surgery!

Mary in Texas

#7 Cheryle

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 01:04 PM

Thanks everyone. Your kind words mean so much to me. :D
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 04:36 PM

I hope everything goes well. It's good that you found it.

I am not going through any thyroid problems as of yet but do want to tell you that I am familar with them. About 8 years ago, my mother had a tumor that grew a foot long into her chest and unfortunately she had to have open chest surgery. They finally got rid of it and then about 8 months ago she finally told us that she had been hurting again for a while.

My mom is stubborn and isn't one to complain or go to the doctor. She didn't want to come to terms that it possibly is back. Well, she finally went to the doctor and found out that she had a small non-cancerous tumor. Her doctor put her on some medications that actually shrunk it within 3 months. As of today, she is cancer free. I now get checked once a year with my thyroid.

What doctors come up with as far as meds these days are amazing. One day they will find a cure for the scleroderma. One day, we won't have to worry about anything. I have faith and hope in that.

I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you will have a Speedy Recovery. Lots of hugs to you and your daughter!

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 04:32 AM

Hi Cheryl,

I have a good friend who had the same thing and had surgery about 8 years ago. She is doing very well. Her follow-up checks show no signs of cancer now. I wish you the best and will put you in my thoughts.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 10:09 AM

Hi,

I'm so sorry! Sounds like you have a positive attitude. It will be nice to get it all behind you. I'll be thinking of you as you go through all of this.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:52 PM

Cheryle, keep us informed on your surgery and how you are doing afterwards. I sure hope everything works out wonderfully for you. We need good things happening in our lives when ever or how ever they come about. Best wishes sent your way.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:36 PM

Cheryle,

I am so very sorry. I had that scare last year. My thyroid multiple cysts and nodules kept growing and finally at 4cm, the doctor worried about slight risk of cancer and too big. I did not have symptoms. I had it out and it was clear of cancer but he said it is one of the easiest cancer to cure because if it so slow growing. I hope yours will be cleared up soon and this all behind you. I know it is always scary when you hear that word cancer. Susie54

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:20 AM

Hi Cheryle, Sorry to hear about your thyroid cancer. Hoping all goes well with the surgery.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:37 AM

Hi Cheryle,

Your doctor gave you very good information and I am so relieved, for you, that you have a daughter with awareness/knowledge!

The symptom: shortness of breath is very good to know!

It is amazing how many of us are/have been going through thyroid issues and yet, experiencing what you have, normal testing. Thank you for informing us, not only of your experience and upcoming surgery (thankfully, it was found to be of the nature it is), but also for letting us know that such things should be taken "another look at"!

Please, keep us posted on how all of this goes.
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#15 Cheryle

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 02:25 PM

Thanks everyone for your wonderful support!

Debonair Susie, from what I understand, as far as shortness of breath, as the nodule grows it can press into the windpipe or interfere with swallowing as it presses against the esophagus.

It will be a little while until the surgery, I have my 'high risk' ultrasound to look at my lymph nodes scheduled for May 18th and I see the surgeon on May 28th. I 'll let you know the date later on.

Cheryle

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:35 AM

Hi Cheryle,
my mother in law has the exact same thing right now. She is going in for surgery next Friday. About 37 years ago she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and she had an operation to have most of her thyroid removed. About 4 months ago she woke up one morning with no voice at all. It lasted about 2 months and she was so frustrated. She went to a speech pathologist who gave her voice lessons and it slowly started to come back. In the meantime she had an gastroscopy done and thought they might have hit something. She then felt like things were being caught in her throat and went back to the doctor who ordered more tests along with a CT scan. That is when they found the cancer. She is having the rest of her thyroid removed and hopefully it will be resolved.

Know you are not alone.

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#17 Cheryle

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:07 AM

Lisa,
Thanks for the good wishes. I do hope the very best for your mother in law. :D

My throat has been sore lately and I have been a bit hoarse, but it may be from the spring pollen.

Saw my rheumatologist yesterday and have so much swelling, heat and pain in my knuckle and wrist joints that she is bumping me up from 10 to 15 mg of Prednisone to try to ease that prior to my surgery. She may consider Cytoxan after surgery, since I'm not responding fully to the Imuran. I've been on 200 mg for over 18 months.

Have a great day.
Cheryle

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:36 AM

Cheryle,
Hopefully you'll feel better soon with the bump up in the prednisone. The cytoxan worked great for me for about a year and a half. I am still holding steady with small decreasing numbers.

Please keep us updated!!

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