Diagnosed With Graves’ Disease ⎪Then Thyroid Cancer

A patient’s thyroid cancer story about diagnosis and surgery

18 years ago Lorrie was diagnosed with Graves’ disease.  Then, in 2017 she received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

In this episode we hear Lorrie describe the following:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer
  • Long delayed pathology results
  • Graves’ disease
  • Balancing Graves’ disease and a thyroid cancer diagnosis
  • Emotional roller coaster of feeling optimistic and other days of sadness.
  • The feelings and emotions of related to a cancer diagnosis
  • Being careful about the information shared on the Internet and potential negativity
  • Support network and family
  • Nodule size was 1.1 cm, but with history of Graves’ disease, she decided to forego active surveillance
  • The day of surgery and overnight in hospital
  • The radioactive iodine decision
  • Lymph node removal
  • Traveling 4 hours to surgery center
  • T4 dosage
  • Change in life perspective
  • Slowing down while making decisions post-diagnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Multiple opinions pre-surgery


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