Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Best Cancer, Part 3: FAQs

Here I will post my most frequently asked questions and the answers.

1. How did you find out you had thyroid cancer?

My doctor discovered a nodule (lump) in my neck during my annual physical.

2. How do you know if you have thyroid cancer? Did you have any symptoms of thyroid cancer?

Some people experience symptoms with thyroid cancer while others have no symptoms. I think I fit in the latter category since I had no symptoms. Or so I thought. Looking back, I realize that I did have some symptoms but I thought they were something else. I did feel tired a lot but I did tell my doctor and my levels were normal. However, I have always had low blood iron (borderline anemia) so I would chalk up my fatigue to this borderline anemia or lack of sleep. Also, my voice did begin to go deeper and a little more hoarse over the last couple of years but I thought that was from the stress of using it all day. I did not see any lump but I do recall sometimes feeling like my throat felt tight. Again, I thought this was stress.

3. Is this blog hard to maintain?
No. I am learning how to use the blog as I go along. Plus, I tend to journal a lot. The blog is a lot like my journal except there are some things I share only on my blog and other things only go into my journal.

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