Fellow CAGs, 2020 is really taking its toll on me...
Many of you know I almost lost my grandfather mid-May to internal bleeding from intestinal cancer and had 2 ft of his intestine removed. He is currently doing slow drip chemo every other weekend. He gets a lot of fatigue but he is doing well, and right now things look hopeful for the future.
One I didn't tell you was in June I almost lost my dad. He had intestinal colitis and low blood flow to his intestines. They started to die and he almost bled out in the shower. He spent a week in the hospital and got things under control. He seems okay now but his sedentary lifestyle after a botched spinal surgery is slowly killing him.
And it ends up July was my turn...
2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer.
I want to share this with everyone so that it may convince some of you to get that check up you've been holding off on. I had ZERO notable symptoms for mine. I only found it because I started checking myself more after my grandfather was diagnosed with his cancer in May. That month I found a tiny lump in the right side of my neck, about the size of an almond. It was only on the right side and not the left. I knew that when things are not symmetrical you definitely should get checked. The lump turned out to be an angry lymph node and after a needle biopsy it showed the proteins for thyroid cancer. Over the last 2 weeks I have finished up ultra sounds and CT scans to confirm the diagnosis and make sure everything is isolated.
For those who don't know, thyroid cancer is the least likely to spread and the easiest to cut out. My prognosis is very good. I have my surgery set up for September 2nd to have my thyroid removed. They will also be cutting out any lymph nodes that look bad. For the surgery they will be slicing me open from my right ear down to my adam's apple. After some healing time, I will then do a radioactive iodine therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. Going forward, I will be on Thyroid medication for the rest of my life.
It goes without saying that I will have a low immune system for a while. So please, wear those masks in public for me and stay safe. And no matter your age, ALWAYS check yourself for irregularities
I'll still be on the site joining gaming conversations like regular. Gaming really does help and this forum has a lot of good people.
Wishing you well with your surgery. Just glad they caught it early and hopefully this will all just be a memory soon!