According to the National Cancer Institute there will be an estimated 48,000 new cases of Thyroid Cancer in the United States and 1,740 deaths due to Thyroid Cancer in 2012. 43,000 women and 13,000 men are projected to be diagnosed with this disease.
Wow, that is scary. I remember when I got my goiter and it was being checked with a biopsy. By the way I did not even want to have that done. But lucky I did it when I did. I had a dark spot as big as a dime, thyroid cancer!!!! I don't talk much about this. As at the time I had a doctor that gave me so little info about it. But, the main thing was I had to do something right away. I had RAI (radiation) done a couple of days later. There are many against having this done. Well like I said at the time I did not know much and was scared to death of the "Spot" as a nurse called it. Why not surgery? First the doc and I did not talk much about that and 2nd...Surgery is a very bad thing for me. If not for my husband and a very good eye doc I would not have had all my eye surgery.
After my last baby was born I had to have surgery to remove a rib that was pinching a nerve and my arm was paralized. I was in a car accident at 3 months pregnant. I had a pinched nerve and wore a neck brace till the baby was born. I could not have pain killers till then. Then I had surgery to remove the top left rib to get sensation back in my arm. It worked. But, during surgery I had a bad reaction to the anesthetic. I was in a coma for a month. SOOOOOO, I am not one for any surgery.
I tell you this so you will get all the information you can before you do any treatment. Ask questions, get 2nd opinions, and choose what is right for you. And don't think for a minute you are alone if you are scared. We are all scared of this disease and what it does or will do to us. Thanks Thanks to WILMA FOR THE INFO.
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once"