Hi all. I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. I had a complete thyroidectomy with 19 lymphnodes removed, major parathyroid issues and radioactive iodine treatment.
I was wondering if there is anyone that would like to connect with me, to chat about their experience and how it has affected them mentally and physically since their diagnosis. I haven't met anyone that has had thyroid cancer and often feel like it would be helpful for me to talk to someone that really understands. I am a good listener too!
I'm very sorry to hear about your cancer. I hope you are recovering ok.
I'm not aware of any groups, but maybe if your called the cancer council, they may have some contacts for you?
How are you feeling now?
Thank you so much for your reply, it is so appreciated. Physically, doing better. The specialist is super happy with my progress. But in general, it's been tough since diagnosis. Especially as lots of people tend to remind me I had the "good cancer". My anxiety got to its worst, I fell into depression and started taking some helpful serotonin tablets at the end of last year. It was the best decision I made. I just wonder if anyone else has had the same mental experience?
The scar on my neck isn't the problem, the scar it's left in my mind is what's the worst.
Sorry for the word vomit!!
Thanks for the advice for calling cancer council. I'll definitely do that.
would love to chat ....
I’ve been recently diagnosed with Papillary thyroid cancer back in April this year. It spread to a few of my lymph nodes and waiting for Radiation iodine treatment.
im currently off from work ( I work in child care plus I have my own children one with additional needs) which is making this cancer diagnosis more stressful for me.
I am struggling at times with the diagnosis and I have contacted cancer council they have arrange me to talk to someone with a similar diagnosis and I will be receiving some counseling sessions.
I am starting to except the diagnosis but still very emotional. I’m trying to also get healthy and focus on a more healthier lifestyle as a way for me to cope.
one thing I have learnt is not to read diagnosis over the internet as this makes it more scarier and to trust my doctor.
my doctor believes that I will be ok .
My pathological stage is 2 A but clinically stage 1 with moderate risk as I’m only 33
Hi there, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I truly do understand how scary it is. My counsellor (also via cancer council) told me very early on to never google anything! She was so right, it's the worst thing you can do. Google doesn't know your situation, the specifics of your diagnosis etc.
I am happy to connect with you over social media if that would be better?
Hi Katherine, I had a thyroidectomy 5 years ago, also my voice box was damaged. Still have cancer cells there that are monitored regularly and I've had to learn to speak again , I'm 77. I also have 3 different cancers and back in March had Whipple surgery.
Apart from all of that I'm feeling great!
I find that staying positive, thinking about others and enjoying each day works for me!
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