At 26, I found out I had follicular thyroid cancer. I have mentioned it a lot on this blog. It was a LONG and scary process to even find out I had cancer, and so far dealing with it has been an interesting journey as well.
It took over 6 months from the time my thyroid nodules were found until my diagnosis was confirmed. So far I have had 2 surgeries to remove my thyroid (December 2011 and February 2012), radioactive iodine ablation (mid-April 2012), and my full body scan (end of April 2012). My whole body scan came back clear. A neck ultrasound in 2012 showed large nodules in my neck, so I had another whole body scan in August 2012. That scan and blood work came back clear and cancer free. I am lucky that my cancer was found very early.
The same week I found out my last body scan and blood work were clear, I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancy was classified as "high-risk" because I got pregnant within 6 months of having my RAI treatment. A couple of doctors were concerned about the effects this might have on the baby and there was even mention that I should consider whether or not I wanted to proceed with the pregnancy, but Phil and I felt strongly about going ahead with the pregnancy. The baby was monitored a lot during my pregnancy for growth and did wonderfully. He is now a happy, healthy little man who is growing like a champ!
Eventually, this page will be filled with links to information I have found extremely helpful so far. But one of the most helpful things I have had is people to talk to you and ask questions. If you have any questions about thyroid cancer (surgery, recovering from surgery, thyroid replacement, low-iodine diet, radioactive iodine, etc.) or if you just want to commiserate on how such a tiny gland can be a huge PAIN IN THE A$$, feel free to e-mail me:
There is a lot of information about Thyroid Cancer and treatment options at the Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association website: