Georgina Miller – Treasurer and Founder Member TCSGW
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!