Holy Cannoli I Have Cancer
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, which tends to be rare for someone my age because I'm only 22. In contrast to the lack of symptoms most people have, I was experiencing some pain in my neck that led me to visit a doctor to get tests done. When I received the diagnosis of cancer I was in a state of shock. I was very shocked but remained optimistic at the same time - I knew that it was treatable and thyroid cancer is the type of cancer that you don't have to live long term.
The UCLA system worked efficiently with my schedule and the doctors made themselves available to me with their personal time. Overall, I felt really taken care of, and all of the doctors were very positive, encouraging, and kind throughout the process. They reassured my mom that everything is going to be okay. The doctors didn't drag their feet in the diagnosis and treatment, I got my diagnosis less than a month ago and now I am coming back for a post op treatment. This quick turnaround didn't give us time to dwell and worry, which is something that was very valuable to us. My advice for others going through this process would be to take the time to rest and recover after the surgery. Take it easy, and don't push yourself too hard. You need to give yourself some time to find your new normal, because getting the thyroid taken may affect your emotions and energy levels.