(Closed) Check your neck: a health scare with a happy ending (wedding video highlights)!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Glad your OK!!  That is a great Public Service Announcement, thanks for sharing.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wow, what a story! i can’t believe your doctor missed that! did you tell him?? he owes you like 5 lollipops, at least! glad you’re okay and upbeat about the whole thing, it’s a great lesson to pass on. :]

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thanks for the heads up! Your wedding was stunning 🙂

So glad that all is well , you really had a good test as newlyweds!!:

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s really important to watch for this stuff! I was an otherwise perfectly healthy 18-year-old when I found a lump on my neck. My allergist (who I mentioned it to, since I was in his office when I decided to speak up about it) was concerned and referred me to an endocrinologist, who biopsied the lump. It turned out to be a benign cyst, but it kept coming back. A year later, I was in the OR having half of my thyroid removed. The two biopsies I had done both came back benign, but I was given the choice of having fine needle biopsies every six months for the rest of my life or having the half of my thyroid that had the recurring nodule removed. I chose the surgery.

Life hasn’t exactly been easy since then–they expected the remaining half to pick up the slack, but it never caught up and I went hypo about three months after the surgery. But I’ll gladly take the symptoms I have over the other choice of living in fear after every (painful and expensive) biopsy. Every doctor I go to always checks my throat to make sure the remaining half is still healthy. I’m on medication and will be for the rest of my life, and the scar from my surgery healed very poorly (it’s barely noticeable now, but I ended up with some nasty hypertrophic scarring that took a LONG time to flatten out). Still, it’s a fair trade for not having to worry about a nodule coming back and causing problems in the future. 

So, moral of the story: Be on the lookout for things like this, because it really can come out of nowhere. I don’t have any family history of thyroid disease, save for a very distant uncle who had thyroid cancer later in life, but I still ended up having problems. You just never know, man.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LadyLeo: Thanks! I’m glad your story had a happy ending, too. I still remember how scared I was after the doctor found it, but I’m glad I did what I could to avoid future problems. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My Gyno found my lump a few years back as well. It actually was the first time one had checked my neck like that. After lots of specialists and scans, I had surgery to remove only half of my thyroid. It was non cancerous and I was diagnosed with hyper thyroid. Fortunately, since I kept half I don’t have to take any replacement pills but I do have to get it checked every now and then. I have my two inch scar as well and it’s faded over the last 7 years, but you can still see it. Good luck and thanks for posting 🙂 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@LadyLeo:  Thanks for sharing your story.  I’m SO happy you’re okay!  I’ll definitely have my neck checked at my upcoming OB appt.  By The Way, LOVE the video…love the huppa, your beautiful gown and flowers, and your hubby’s awesome accent! Congrats!

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