Before being diagnosed with thyroid cancer I had no idea how fast your life could change. I went from being in a good mood while sitting on the couch one night, to touching my neck, finding the lump, googling what it could be, and realizing what it was before seeing a doctor.
How long can someone go without knowing they have cancer? It drives me crazy thinking about how long I had cancer before I found out. And while cancer does run in the family, as it does most families, I never thought I would have it, especially at 29.
I went through a crazy amount of emotions when I found out. I was SO THANKFUL I wouldn’t need chemo, I was SO THANKFUL I could keep my hair, and I was SO THANKFUL my life wouldn’t be cut short. In a way I felt really bad saying “I have cancer.” Almost like, how dare I say I have cancer when there are people with cancer who are given 6 months to live, or have to put poison in their body to kill a disease.
Because of that guilt, I become really sympathetic to people dealing with harsher cancers and annoyed when people would ask how I’m doing, even though I knew they cared and I was thankful for having those people in my life during that time.
The four months I knew I had thyroid cancer I was a mess. Whenever I broke down and cried my tears would just go out to those in such a worse position than me. I could barely deal with thyroid cancer, I couldn’t imagine how others were coping.
Since my surgery back in April of 2015 I kind of stopped blogging about my thyroid, mainly because my life is back to normal, even better actually. I feel like I’ve written everything I possibly could while going through it. Today I decided to post again because it’s thyroid awareness month. Before all of this happened I had no idea what a thyroid was, not many people do. Plus, how often do you touch your neck, not as often as you’d think.
If you’ve taken your time to read this then take 10 seconds to feel your neck for lumps and bumps. My lump was HUGE, 3cm, one of the biggest my doctor has come across and I didn’t even realize it was there. Thankfully most thyroid cancers are curable with surgery, and they are very slow to grow so you could have thyroid cancer for quite some time and still be fine.
If you would like to read my past posts you can find them here –
Tell your friends and family to check their necks too!