Fighter: Thyroid Cancer
I am a Fighter
I have been sick since 18 years old. July 2012, at age 26 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Metastatic Follicular and Papillary Thyroid Cancer. My entire thyroid was cancerous as well as many lymph nodes outside of the thyroid. The cancer ended up spreading to my lungs. After two Doctor's misdiagnosed me in June 2012 ( stating I was fine and just had a sore throat for 3 months). I knew something was wrong when I started bleeding and experiencing so much pain that I couldn't even eat, swallow or talk. I ended up having surgery at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC immediately. My surgeon told me I had the cancer for 10 years. My cancer is so aggressive that I am lucky I am alive today. If it wasn't for my cousin pushing me to get a neck ultrasound and a biopsy in July 2012, I would not be here today.
I have had two aggressive rounds of RadioActive Iodine which ended up destroying and burning my Salivary glands. So not only do I have Thyroid Cancer, I have Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Severe salivary gland disease and HypoParathyroidism. Most of my days consist of being bed bound. If I am not in bed I am at the doctor's or a hospital. I ended up with a ton of medical problems after treatment. Way too many to list.
Its 2015, I found out after new years that l have more cancer in my neck. I have to have a neck dissection to remove 7 cancer nodules. Both RAI treatments were unsuccessful. My labs explains why my "cancer marker" is still high even till this day.
My journey has been by far the hardest thing I have even been through. The one thing that keeps me going is writing. Helping others makes me feel so much better.
I am always spreading awareness about Thyroid Cancer. I am very proactive with social media and so many amazing organizations.
I am so tired of hearing that Thyroid Cancer is the GOOD CANCER!! NO CANCER is GOOD! I will make sure our voices are heard!!! I promise you that.
Please feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook. I would love to get to know each and everyone of you. I am always willing to help. I am always here for advice as well.
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE & FIGHT LIKE HELL!!
Twitter : @DanielleMaria09
Facebook: Danielle Maria
I have been sick since 18 years old. July 2012, at age 26 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Metastatic Follicular and Papillary Thyroid Cancer. My entire thyroid was cancerous as well as many lymph nodes outside of the thyroid. The cancer ended up spreading to my lungs. After two... [Read More]
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