PATIENT STORIES

Case Studies of Thyroid Cancer Patients

george articleGeorgina Miller - Treasurer and Founder Member TCSGW

Hello there!
My name is Georgina and I was diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer.  I found a small pea sized lump on the front of my neck when I was moisturising my face and neck - I was 36 years of age and the mother of a gorgeous 5 year old little girl.

I was not too worried at the time but I made an appointment with my Doctor - just to check it out!  After waiting a few weeks, I had an appointment at the Thyroid Clinic where I underwent a needle biopsy, which proved to be inconclusive.

I was, therefore, a little taken aback when the Consultant at the Hospital advised me to have the lump removed to be “on the safe side” !

Some weeks later, I was in the Hospital and had one lobe removed from my thyroid gland under general anaesthetic .
My surgeon reassured me that the operation went very well and he was 99% sure that everything was fine.

So a few days later, I was totally shocked that the results of the biopsy came back with a follicular thyroid cancer diagnosis - I was booked in for a total thyroidectomy the following week.

A few weeks after my surgery I was admitted to the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, for radioactive iodine treatment to “mop up” any stray cancer cells that could be left after the initial surgery.

At that time I did not have any information about thyroid cancer and I felt very alone and frightened - my overriding fear was that I was not going to see my daughter grow up into adulthood!

I’m really glad to say that there is a lot more information available these days to help to ease the worry for patients after diagnosis.

I have been a member of the TCSGW from the very beginning and also hold the position of Treasurer within the group.  I have met many others in the group, they totally understand what it means when you are given a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. They understand you because  they have shared  the same worries, challenges and fears.

Our aim as a group is to support newly diagnosed patients and their families - it makes such a huge difference having someone to talk to!

I am delighted to share with you that my 5 year old daughter will be 30 this year!

It has been 24 years since I was first diagnosed!

george

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