The Christensen Chronicles

Friday, April 4, 2014

Impeccable Timing :/

Life is funny. It seems that every time something super amazing comes our way we get hit by a reality check. Unfortunately for me, that reality check came in the form of a Thyroid Cancer diagnosis. Back in February during a routine yearly physical my doctor felt a lump or nodule on my thyroid. This was not surprising because that same doctor had found it back in 2011 and after a sonogram then I was told "your fine, everything looks fine". Well I hadn't had a sonogram on it since 2011 so we decided to schedule one to check in on it. After the results from the sonogram came in, as well as routine physical blood work, I was referred to an Endocrinologist. The nodule had grown slightly but more concerningly my blood work showed I had antibodies against my Thyroid. On March 26 at my first endocrinologist appointment I was told I have the autoimmune disease, Hashimotos. It is a super common disease where for whatever reason your body starts attacking the thyroid and will continue to do so until the thyroid ceases to function at all. My thyroid function is normal, for now, but whether it would be in a few weeks, months, or years my thyroid would stop working and I would need to be put on hormone replacement drug for the rest of my life. Not devastating news especially since I feel fine.  Because the nodule is a lump of some sort I was told to get a biopsy done just to cover all the bases and then I was sent on my way. Fortunately I was able to get scheduled for the Biopsy that following Monday, March 31. I don't know how many of you have every had a biopsy, let alone one to your throat, but man it is super nerve wracking.  You lay on a table where one man is doing a sonogram of your throat while a second man jabs you in the throat with a needle while following it on the sonogram to make sure he gets the right thing. geez. Anywho, the whole process took maybe 5 minutes if not less. The thing I like is they test the tissue sample right away and actually give you the results right then!

knock knock knock
Dr.:" I'm sorry it is indeed a Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma"
Me: "Well Shit"

That is pretty much how that played out.

So apparently I have Thyroid Cancer, of course this news would come less than 24 hours after signing our papers to sell and buy a new house.
I had to wait 2 days before I was able to go and see my endocrinologist again to find out what exactly is the next course of action. I'm not going to lie, I didn't really eat and or sleep for those 2 days. My mind was racing ALL the time.  Wednesday April 2 came and I finally had a ton of my questions answered.
Yes I have Thyroid Cancer and I will have to have my Thyroid removed. We will not know what stage it is in until they remove it. The stage will determine if any other treatment will be necessary. I will most likely have to receive at least 1 radio iodine treatment post surgery(radiation). I will have to be on a hormone replacement for the rest of my life.
Next step is go for my surgical consult at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on April 29th. There I will hopefully set a date for surgery and find out more details about the actual procedure (whether they have to take out surrounding tissues and lymph nodes ect.) as well as have many questions hopefully answered about radiation and the limitations included with that treatment. After the surgical consult I will have a special pre op sonogram for Lymph Node Mapping of my throat (this will be on May5th, the day we close on our new house HA).
It is a lot to take in but we are hopeful that it has not spread and that I will recover in a quick fashion. I will post more when I know more :) but for now we have to focus on packing up and moving. Go big or go home right?

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