Hello, I also have papillary thyroid cancer. I just turned 23. I was diagnosed when I was 18 and had surgery and RAI, was told I was extremely low risk for recurrence. So I wasn't even that worried when I asked my GP to check a swollen lymph node I found in my neck last September... but it turns out it has spread to my lymph nodes, even my specialist was shocked. I had a neck dissection almost 3 months ago which I was told would be similar to my initial thyroidectomy... but that definitely wasn't the case!! Still really struggling with day to day activities and have only just been able to go back to work full-time. I'm having a whole body scan next week to see whether I need more RAI. I have found another lymph node on the other side of my neck that's been swollen for more than a month, no idea whether I'm being completely paranoid or if it's back AGAIN. Will have to wait and see.
My prognosis is still excellent, and I know most cancer patients have it a lot worse, but it's tough to go through. I know doctors mean well when they tell you it's the "best" cancer to have, but that's sort of like debating which is the "best" animal poo to eat 😉
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That would be amazing!!! It's definitely little touches like that which make a big difference. When things are so tough it doesn't take much to make you smile. I might actually volunteer to have yearly RAI if you set up those luxury RAI rooms, as long as it had a big TV and DVD library :D
Wow, I can't imagine trying to nurse whilst recovering from surgery. You're a superhero! I had enough trouble not pulling my own drains or getting them caught in things, hehe.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.