The new normal: living with thyroid cancer

Monday 8 July, 2013 by Dianna

I was diagnosed with stage 3C thyroid cancer in September 2012. It came as a complete surprise to me. The timing couldn't have been any worse – there was so much going on in my life at the time that when I was given the diagnosis, I had no immediate reaction. In fact, until my diagnosis, I'd never heard of thyroid cancer.

A few weeks later I had surgery, a thyroidectomy and neck dissection. I'm not going to lie, it was no fun. I have a gnarly long scar that begins behind my right ear, travels down the right side of neck to the bottom and then crosses my lower neck to the left side. Gorgeous right?! A month later I received radioactive iodine and was in isolation for one week. Oh boy, talk about side effects. I was riddled with them. This experience was worse than the six-and-a-half-hour surgery and recovery.

It's now nine months since diagnosis, we haven't quite reached the happy medium with my thyroid medication and I occasionally have a side effect flare up, but I'm happy to report that I'm otherwise doing well. I firmly believe this is my new normal.

I have changed my entire diet. I juice often and take antioxidant/vitamin supplements. My energy level is better than it's been in so many months.

I recently started a blog to share my thyroid cancer story. I invite everyone to visit my blog. I welcome your comments and feedback, and encourage you to follow my blog. It's brand new, but I promise to add posts swiftly.

Be Well Everyone.

If you or someone you know has thyroid cancer, you can call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with one of our experienced cancer nurses.

There's helpful information about thyroid cancer on the CancerHelp UK site.

If you're looking for information about diet, vitamins and antioxidants, see the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre's About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products. You'll be able to find out about scientific research going on into many of these complementary and alternative cancer therapies. It's always important to check with your doctor before changing your diet or taking diet and vitamin supplements. See our section on Understanding Complementary Therapies.

Updated: 08 Jul, 2013