Benign or Malignant?

February 15, 2013 in Cancer, Charity / Awareness, Health, Medical, Uncategorized by Emma Day

I told you all about the lump I found on my neck, which turned out to be suspected Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, aka Cancer. I went into hospital and had a hemithyroidectomy, where they removed half of my thyroid under a general anaesthetic. I had internal bleeding and I ended up having two general anaesthetics in one day. Then today I went to hospital to get my results.

And now all of you are sitting there waiting for me to say one word. Just one word.

Benign or Malignant?

Malignant.

There you have it.

Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma confirmed and malignant.

So what does that mean now? Well it means I have to go back within the next week or so for another General Anaesthetic and have the rest of my thyroid removed. They may take some lymph nodes and maybe even some of my parathyroid glands with it too. We shall have to wait and see.

I will have to take Thyroxine every day for the rest of my life. That is the hormone you thyroid makes, that regulates your metabolism. Your parathyroids help your body absorb calcium in the blood. There’s a possibility I may need to supplement calcium too – but again, a wait-and-see decision.

Then on to radiotherapy.

I will be undergoing Radioactive Iodine treatment. I have been told I drink it, and then have to spend 2 – 3 days in isolation. I’m not looking forward to being apart from my girls and my hubs again, but I guess I’ll finally get around to reading fifty shades!

So it wasn’t the answer that you have all been hoping for, that we’ve all been hoping for; but it was the answer I knew all along, deep down in my gut. I knew it so well that when the doctor told me today, I wasn’t surprised, I wasn’t upset, I wasn’t really anything. It was just an acknowledgement. It did not perturb me either.

Papillary Thyroid Cancer has a high cure rate. I’m told it’s the best cancer to have (they say it like it’s a good thing!) We believe I have had it since summer 2011 when I first noticed a small lump while at work. There has been no doubt in my mind, that this is a challenge I will face head on (partly because moving my neck is painful after surgery). Sorry I shoudn’t joke. But in all seriousness… I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful daughters. We are 5 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and need each other to be as one unit. Therefore I WILL beat this Cancer, just like I beat the last one.

Malignant Cancer… watch me kick your ass!