- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
The last time I posted was about 6 months ago, when I shared a few photos and a recap of my lovely May wedding: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-recap-with-photos
Now I’m back with a public service health announcement: make sure your GP or OB/GYN “checks your neck” at your annual exams.
A month after my wedding, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was a complete shock since I had no symptoms and felt perfectly healthy. <insert sound of record screeching to a halt as our newlywed bliss is interrupted with a harsh dose of reality!> : )
I won’t bore you with all the details, but in a nutshell, it was a fluke that an ENT felt the tiny lump in my thyroid, because for several years my regular doctor had checked my thyroid at my annual exam and hadn’t noticed it — literally 5 days before I saw the ENT he didn’t notice it! — perhaps because he wasn’t trained as well to find them, or maybe because he naively didn’t feel the need to be thorough since I was a healthy patient with normal thyroid lab tests.
At any rate, I was fortunate to have a treatable cancer, an excellent surgeon and an amazing support network (including my hubby!). Married in May, diagnosed in June, under the knife in July — a hectic summer indeed! I recovered quickly from the thyroidectomy operation (back at work after 2 weeks, back to the gym after a month) and haven’t had any problems since. I have to take a tiny pill every day for the rest of my life (thyroid replacement med), and I have a little scar on my neck that will hopefully fade in time — but hey, I already posed for the wedding pics so who cares, right? : ) Fertility is not impacted, so if we want to have kids, we can go ahead…but I can’t deal with any more drama this year so no rush on that…
I don’t want to scare you — it’s normal to have nodules on your thyroid, and they are most likely benign. For the minor chance that a nodule is cancerous, it’s best to detect it early — it makes treatment much easier. Now ladies, promise me you’ll have your doctor “check your neck!”
Enough of the bad news bears. Here’s my wedding highlights video, which reminds me how lucky I am to have so much love in my life, and that my health scare was just a bump in the road! Enjoy, and wishing you all health and happiness.
“Click here” in upper right: