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November 3rd, 2017

When You’ve Done Your Best, Everything Falls into Place

By CalOrchid

I was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in late August and received surgery 5 weeks following the diagnosis. I had been noticing several benign nodules with a previous physician, but he disregarded them and closed the case. Unsatisfied with this conclusion, I remained adamant to find another endocrinologist who would explore the issue further. I learned that sometimes when you're not very sure, you have to be proactive.

Coming to Dr. Lihvits, I felt like I was in good hands and she made me feel like she really cared for me as an individual. She did a phenomenal job - I was afraid I was going to lose my voice because I know that is one of the possible side effects. However, I can still scream and holler, and my sister even said my voice sounds better and perkier. I'm honestly so appreciative of what Dr. Lihvits has done for me and would recommend her highly. I would encourage others going through the same process to remain hopeful and never give up; it can be very traumatic when you're first diagnosed. This was my second bout with cancer, and I constantly remind myself that there are good doctors out there and to never give up.

Tags: Cancer, cancer, Dr. Masha Lihvits, Endocrine, Endocrine Center, Endocrine Surgery, Endocrinology, endocrinology, medullary thyroid cancer, patient stories, surgery, Surgery, ucla endocrine

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