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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?

 

Cheryle

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Hi Cheryle,

 

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


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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:

 

Warmest hugs and the best of wishes,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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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.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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.

 

Warm hugs,

 

Peggy

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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

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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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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.

 

Christy


Love makes the world go around!

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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.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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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.


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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