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What's It Like to Have Thyroid Cancer?

Updated on September 28, 2015

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My Granddaughter Caitlin



Thyroid Cancer. Not a very common type of cancer and yet, according to the Mayo Clinic, its rates are increasing. Currently less than one percent of cancers are thyroid. Yet, my granddaughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age seventeen. I know it is more common in females than in males, but seventeen! It is actually more common over the age of thirty so for her to have it at seventeen floored us all.

There are four types of thyroid cancer; papillary, medullary, follicular, and anaplastic. Papillary is the most common and is fortunately slow growing as is follicular. Papillary is also the most common type of thyroid cancer. My granddaughter was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer.

What is the Thyroid Gland?

The thyroid gland is located in the front of your lower neck and is part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system produces hormones in our body. Growth hormones, antioxidants, iodine absorption, ovulation, among other things are controlled by the endocrine system. The thyroid gland has many uses in this system. It controls how the body uses energy, how fast calories are consumed, it makes proteins, and controls how the body reacts to other hormones. So the thyroid is pretty important. It is also important to regulating body temperature, the body's use of vitamins and proteins, and the growth of body tissue. The pituitary gland works with the thyroid to adjust the amount of hormones in the body.

A Little More Information on Papillary Thyroid Cancer

The prognosis for people with Papillary Thyroid Cancer is good, with a long term survival rate. Anyone who has had this type of cancer should be vigilant about follow-up visits and monitoring. There is a thirty percent chance of recurrence.

In the early stages of Thyroid Cancer there are literally no symptoms. That is what makes it so hard to detect. Some symptoms may appear in more advanced cases, such as hoarseness, shortness of breath, or a sensation that there is something in your throat when swallowing.

If there is any suspicion of Thyroid Cancer the first test done is a neck ultrasound. This presents a visualization of the thyroid gland and any irregularities. Very often the ultra sound is accompanied by a biopsy. This is done by "fine needle aspiration". A thin needle is inserted in the neck to draw out fluid to be biopsied. Blood tests and CAT Scans may also be used in conjunction with the other tests or alone. Whatever it takes to determine if the cancer is present. If there is still doubt, a tissue sample may be taken for examination.

We often hear people state what stage their cancer is. The stages are I, II, III, and IV. Stages are used to determine the cancer’s size, type, and whether and where it has spread at the time of diagnosis. When using the 'staging' different stages may mean different things in different age groups. For example, Stage I in patients under forty-five would mean that the cancer is in the thyroid gland, may also be in other neck lymph nodes, and/or neck tissue but it hasn't spread to other organs. Now, in someone forty-five or older the difference is the cancer is one inch in size, is NOT in nearby neck lymph nodes or tissue and has not spread to other organs.

Papillary Thyroid Cancer is treated in one of three ways; surgery, radiation without surgery, and radioactive iodine by mouth. The involvement of any lymph nodes or tissues or the possibility of the cancer spreading are all things that help determine the course of treatment.

Caity and Her Brother, Jake

Like only a sister and brother can!
Like only a sister and brother can! | Source

Caity and Her Mom (My daughter)



My granddaughter's name is Caitlin, Caitlin Mary (Mary after her grandmother). She is every grandmother's dream child. Well behaved, happy-go-lucky, nice to everyone, popular, a good student, very active in after school activities, you name it, that's our Caity! Did I mention attractive with beautiful hair and a great smile?

One summer day my daughter called and said, "Caity has a lump on her neck. I don't know what it is, could you take a look at it?" I said sure, figuring it was a boil or enlarged hair follicle. However, when they got to my house and I looked at it, I had no idea what it was. It looked almost transparent. It wasn't huge but it certainly was noticeable. We decided the best thing to do was take her to the doctor and have it checked out.

The doctor wasn't sure about the lump on the outside of her throat, to make sure everything was okay he wanted to run further tests. A few days later my daughter showed up to tell me the 'further tests' showed thyroid cancer! My seventeen year old granddaughter had thyroid cancer. The thoughts and feelings that ran through me are indescribable. We all researched and found out the facts but she still had cancer. Her thyroid had to be seventeen!

This was the beginning, not just for us, but for our beautiful seventeen year old girl. What was to happen? Fortunately everything went as it was supposed to and she is now doing well.



Caity's Views

How does having Thyroid Cancer and the surgery and medication and all of that effect a seventeen year old? Caity is eighteen now, seven months later, but I asked her a few questions to help understand Caity and her experiences. Maybe her experiences can help someone now facing what she has gone through.

How did you feel when you were told you had thyroid cancer?

Caity: I sobbed. That was my biggest fear the moment I found the lump, that it would be cancer.

What were you thinking while you were waiting to have surgery?

Caity: I was thinking about how nervous my mom would be. I accepted it at that point and I just didn't want her to worry.

(That's my Caity, more worried about her Mom than herself.)

Beautiful Caity


What was the surgery like...painful, scary...?

Caity: The surgery was intimidating and I hated the IV they had to put in.

After the surgery how did you feel, physically and mentally?

Caity: Right after my surgery I just felt exhausted and my neck was uncomfortable, but not in pain. Thank God for OxyContin!! To this day, though, my neck is still sensitive to the touch.

Caity and her brother, Jake

Sister and brother, can and do get along.
Sister and brother, can and do get along. | Source

Now that its been over six months since your surgery, how do you feel about this whole experience?

Caitlin: I feel like it has made me appreciate life itself more than I had. Everyone is important and I'm no better than anyone else.

How has it affected your life...having thyroid cancer vs not having it?

Caitlin: I feel like I'm the cancer chick at school haha. People stare at my scar and ask how soon it will heal but it really doesn't bother me and I'm proud of my scar.

Caity and Her Mom

A mother-daughter bond that has grown closer and closer.
A mother-daughter bond that has grown closer and closer. | Source

What would you tell someone who just found out they had thyroid cancer?

Caitlin: I would not tell them that they are lucky that its JUST thyroid cancer, that's for sure. I heard that so much and I really did not feel lucky. I would tell them to look for the silver lining. The grand marshal last year talked about how she would look for the silver lining when she had breast cancer and I thought that was brilliant. Just try to stay as positive as you can and its okay to have bad days.

I know the answer to this one but I'll ask anyway; since you had thyroid cancer have you become involved in any thyroid cancer activities (prevention, organization, etc.)?

Caitlin: I was involved in a swim-a-thon for cancer and I'm involved with the relay for life. Both are fundraiser events to not only raise money but raise awareness. I don't do anything thyroid specific, though. This year I am the grand marshal survivor for the relay for life. My mom is the grand marshal care giver and we're both incredibly excited to have such an honor.

Believe me, both Caity and her Mom deserve this honor. They are tireless workers and incredible ladies.

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Grand Marshall Survivor and Grand Marshall Care Giver

Caity (with her new haircut) and her Mom.
Caity (with her new haircut) and her Mom. | Source


Caity's surgery was a total thyroidectomy with lymphadenectomy (removal of some of the surrounding lymph nodes.) The surgeon felt it was best to remove the lymph nodes to lessen the chance of any recurrence. Luckily Caity did not experience any difficulty with loss of voice or changes in her voice. She has been an inspiration through this entire ordeal and weather each storm as it came. One of those storms is finding the right dosage of thyroid medication to keep her body in balance.

It is my honor and privilege to have Caitlin Mary as my granddaughter. She has always been a joy but this experience has shown what this young lady is made of. Just to add to her distinction, her career choice is a pediatrician and she has already received one letter of acceptance to one of the colleges she applied to. Does it sound like I'm bragging, because I am. Caity faced Thyroid Cancer, surgery and recuperation during her senior year of high school and never missed a beat...she continued with band, play director and a well rounded life.

I would like to thank Colleen Lynch/Cedar Hill Photography of High Falls for allowing me to use the beautiful pictures she took of my family, in this hub.

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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      14 months ago from USA

      I'm happy to hear your granddaughter is doing fine. During a child's illness, it can be stressful. I've been there. She is doing fine now though.

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      Sarah Williams 

      20 months ago

      I was encouraged by your article, my 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid cancer last Friday. We are meeting with the surgeon next Thursday. Thank you for sharing!!!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Hugs back to you Jo. I will keep you in my prayers and know, no matter the results, you will be fine.

      I too am hypo...been taking synthroid for twenty years. Now, however, the nodules continue to grow and my thyroid is 3xs it's normal size. I was scheduled to have it removed Monday but now have a horrible cold and will probably have to postpone the surgery.

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      4 years ago

      What a really inspirational article to read about a brave and courageous lady! I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I guess, this is the one that makes you gain weight and makes you feel sluggish?

      I am on medication, 25 mg once a day before I eat. I know your beautiful granddaughter is added to my prayer list that she remains healthy!

      And what a wonderful thing to read this and find hope and support before I get my results back~ God is so good!

      (((((((((((((((( Mary ))))))))))))))))

      Up to the Angels & shared :-))

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Peggy. She is a vibrant and dedicated young women. We certainly believe she will go on to accomplish whatever she desires! So glad to hear about your mother-in-law!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have a beautiful looking family there and the photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your granddaughter's story regarding her thyroid cancer. Hopefully she will fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician and go on to live a long and healthy life. My mother-in-law at one time had thyroid cancer and enjoyed a long career as a pharmacist.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Shy. I am so blessed! As you can see my family amazes me and makes me proud every day. Hugs back to you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Mary, you have such a beautiful, inspiring family. Thank Caitlin for sharing her story and you for writing it.

      Voted up across the board except funny and shared.

      Blessings and hugs

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you DDE. She is doing very well, as a matter of fact she is off to college today to start her journey to pre-med!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I was browsing through and found this hub, I hope all is well with your lovely grand daughter.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you SS, I know you understand and appreciate your good wishes.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you and Caitlin for sharing your story. I'm sure your story will help someone else who unfortunately has to deal with this journey. I wish her continued success and a long healthy life.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Jaye, I too have an enlarged thyroid with mutli-nodules on both far I do not need surgery but take thyroid medication. Every two years they do a biopsy. I guess that is why I was so shocked and angry it was Caity and not me! I am so glad your niece is doing okay! Definitely, positive attitude makes the world of difference. Thank you for the good wishes and I know Leslie appreciates them too.

      Thank you for sharing your stepdaughter's story Pamela. Worlds apart and yet we share so much. I am glad she is doing well. Thanks for reading and I do hope this hub turns out to be useful.

      Daisy, so glad you took the time to stop by and read. Thanks so much also for the good wishes for Caity and Jake!

      Yes, Rajan, I am very proud. I have been so blessed with such wonderful and strong grandchildren. Thank you so much for reading, voting, and sharing...I am always honored to have you here.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Mary, what a brave girl you grand daughter is! No wonder you are so proud of her. I hope and pray she recovers fully from this ordeal and lives a great life.

      Thanks for sharing this story as well as the questions you asked her which will be a source of great inspiration to others in this situation.

      Voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks you for sharing your family's story with us. May your granddaughter Caitlin and her brother Jake lead long, happy, healthy lives.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My stepdaughter had thyroid cancer when she was in her early twenties. She also started out with a lump, and they did not know it was cancer until they did the biopsy. Since they removed most of the thyroid and she only had very few cancer cells she didn't require any chemo. She is on thyroid medication, which is periodically changed depending on lab work. Her voice was affected for several months following surgery, but did return to normal. I am glad you wrote this hub as even though this cancer is rare, it down happen to young women. This is a very useful hub that I believe will help people become better informed. Very useful and helpful.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Mary...I'm so thankful your beautiful granddaughter came through her thyroid cancer surgery with flying colors! It's scary to be diagnosed with cancer at any age, but when young it must be devastating. I'm sure it was also frightening for your entire family to learn Caity's diagnosis and wait to see what happened.

      My niece (who never smoked) was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at age nineteen. Our entire family was terribly frightened for her, but she went through the treatments and has now been in remission for more than five years. She's getting on with her life in a positive manner. Do I think a great attitude helps when faced with a diagnosis of this magnitude? Yes, indeed!

      My own enlarged thyroid gland with nodules that were wrapped around my esophagus had to be removed two years ago, and I was apprehensive until the lab report showed the nodules were benign. I take my thyroid tablet every morning and feel very blessed indeed.

      I wish all the best for Caitlin (and for Leslie's sister, as well) in future.


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oh Leslie, God bless your sister! She must be an amazing lady but then, if she's your sister its not surprising. I still sometimes wonder if this was all a dream but them I see that little crescent scar on her throat and know its real. Thank you for your wonderful comment vote and share GF! God bless you and yours.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Mary, my dear friend- 2 things shine through here - Your limitless love for your brave and gorgeous granddaughter - AND your absolute shock at her diagnosis! I still don't think you believe it!

      My sister was 18 years old when 2 lumps appeared on each side of her too turned out to be cancer - hodgkins disease - stage 2A...

      she was also told how 'lucky' she was to 'only' have hodgkins, but, when you're in it - lucky isn't the word that comes to mind! (she's now 55...also needed a double by-pass open heart surgery at 33 and another type of cancer at

      life is precious - enjoy every second - what else can we do, eh?

      Oh, yeah - we can write about it!

      love you - this brought smiles, tears, and goosebumps!

      I wish your granddaughter a long and wonderful life - she's got the perfect attitude to do just that..

      up and sharing on..

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I totally agree Moonlake, seeing your children or grandchildren sick or suffering is the worst thing you can go through. I kept telling my daughter "it should have been me"! I hope your son's voice and breathing clear up, we will keep him in our prayers. Thanks for the voted and share, it is appreciated.

      I am glad you found us inspirational Wildove, truly though it is my granddaughter who is the inspiration.

      You are very welcome Torrilynn. It was scary and hard to believe but thank God it went well and she continues to be an inspiration. She just had her hair cut and donated for wigs for cancer patients (this is her second time). I appreciate the vote and share.

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      6 years ago

      hi tillsontitan,

      nice story that you have here about thyroid cancer

      i find it shocking and i feel so bad that your granddaughter had to go through this

      thanks for telling us your story and the ordeal that you have had to go through

      voted up and sharing

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      6 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you for sharing such a personal story and educating us on this disease. Your family's strength is inspirational.

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      6 years ago from America

      First of all your granddaughter is beautiful. I'm so glad she is doing well and I’m very happy for her and your family. I can take anything but my kids and grandkids being sick.

      We have been through thyroid problems last year. Our daughter and our son had to have their thyroids removed. We worried that it would be cancer but there was no cancer. Our daughter's voice was hoarse after the surgery but cleared up. Our son is still struggle with his voice and with his breathing. The doctor has told him in time it will clear up I sure hope the doctor is right.

      Voted up and shared this hub.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Mary. I knew you would understand after all you've been through with your family. We are all very proud of her and looking forward to her graduation from High School this June. Thank you for the votes and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      You have one brave granddaughter here! What a terrible ordeal for a young, beautiful girl to go through. She is a remarkable young lady and a credit to your family. I can only imagine as one grandmother to another, your love and concern for her.

      I hope she continues to do well.

      Voted UP, and will share.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You are most welcome GoodLady.

      Michelle thank you for not only following my hubs but promoting them. You have bee so faithful and supportive I want you to know I truly appreciate it!

      Maria, in spite of our difficulties my family members have remained close and supportive...there isn't much more I could ask for in life. Blessings to you.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Mary,

      This was missed by me the first time, so glad it was shared by Michelle.

      What a powerful, beautiful and inspirational piece...your granddaughter is so strong and has turned this life altering health change into such positivism. Your interview is fabulous, as are the pictures which radiate hope and joy.

      The pride in your words is heartwarming and most touching. Your family gives you such a peaceful balance.

      Voted UP and UABI ...Love, Maria

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Caitlin sounds very mature. Any kind of cancer is terrible and not a welcome guest in our bodies. Glad she is ok now!! My blessings!!

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you x

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I can't thank you enough GoodLady for your comment and sharing your health history with me. I don't even know what to say...which is amazing for me as I'm never at a loss for words! God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      You wrote a great hub here with essential information and then your personal experience (Caitlin's). I got a lot from both since I have a hypo thyroid and I am a cancer patient (endometrium) who is surviving still. It is very frightening to have cancer and by the look of it your beautiful Caitlin took her bull by the horns and championed herself. Bless. Bless and bless. She was very young to have to deal with cancer, but it really does have a silver lining and it has given her so much for her life, as it has for me.

      Thanks for your Hub!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Vicki, I am proud to say we have formed bonds that will never be broken.

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      6 years ago

      Hello tillsontitan, what an interesting, hopeful and valuable story. So good to know more about you, and your very beautiful young Caitlin. What a lovely person she is, and it is so good to hear of the great bonds between the generations. All the best to all of you, and thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Vinaya, the score will not stay but it is nice to see every now and then. I hope your mother is doing better.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal


      My mother has thyroid problems. I have seen her pain and suffering. This story of survival is very inspiring.

      PS: I can see you have reached 100 hubber score. Congrats!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You know Nell the funny thing is I didn't know how she would feel about this hub but she said, "sure Grandma I'd be honored." That's my Caity.

      Thank you for the good wishes.

      WND she is definitely a powerhouse and has been an inspiration to all of us.

      Effer, she really is. She's had her down moments but they are few and far between. I wasn't just shocked when I found out, I was angry too, but Caity led the way :) Your good wishes are gratefully accepted, especially your love dear friend!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie....I am in complete awe. What a positively gorgeous girl and precious individual. Bless her heart.....such strength and maturity, with an astounding positive attitude. She is a winner and the most perfect example of a survivor.

      I CAN imagine the incredible disbelief, fear and shock that you all experienced. Shivers up my spine, just thinking of what went through your minds.......But look at the outcome!

      You and your entire family are examples of beautiful, fabulous human beings....I send you cheers and hugs and all of my admiration.....ESPECIALLY your sweet, lovely Caitlin!...UP++++

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      Your granddaughter is darling and I love her positive attitude. I am happy to read she is doing better and so much more to make people aware. Brave girl.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Mary, what an amazing and beautiful granddaughter you have. To go through something like this and still be able to do all the other things she has done, what a great inspiration for others, no wonder you are so proud, I am so pleased she is on the mend, and all my best wishes to her and all your family, nell

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      KT I wish you the best. I too have been on thyroid medication for about twenty years and have the enlargement (known as a goiter) from many nodules. Hopefully, like me, yours will stay under control. Thank you for reading our story and seeing my Caity for the beautiful and courageous young woman she is.

      Alifeofdesign...God bless you for all you've been through! The statement about thyroid cancer not being common came from a thyroid cancer website...I think they meant in the grand scheme of things (all cancers considered) because certainly we are hearing more and more about it and people having it. You are very right about the 'different' body. That is one of the things Caity is learning to cope with right now too. Thank you for your good wishes....I am guilty of a sin of omission here, I know about the x-ray link. As a matter of fact, when my daughter was pregnant she worked in a vet's office and x-rays were taken in the next room (no precautions for the rest of the building). Another woman working with my daughter was also pregnant. Both of their daughters (my granddaughter and the other woman's daughter) have thyroid cancer! When I asked my endocrinologist he said it was very possible that their thyroid cancers were due too those x-rays. So yes, I repeat what you have not over x-ray and if you need x-rays make sure your neck is shielded.

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      Graham Gifford 

      6 years ago from New Hamphire

      First of all, Mary, thank you and thank Caity for sharing her (your story). The more stories people hear, the more familiar they become and that is important. I am a two-time cancer survivor. Melanoma and thyroid cancer. At no time during my experience did I feel lucky or fortunate that I had the "good" cancer. Depending on the individual, I have been know to ask how their cancer has effected their lives (knowing that they had never had cancer). You have done a fine job of explaining it, although I would perhaps disagree on your assessment that thyroid cancer is not a common cancer. It is more common than many people think and, as you mentioned, it is one of the fastest growing cancers, especially among women.

      What I enjoyed most from your article is the proof that cancer affects (and often effects) other members of the family. I know that my husband also experienced much of what I went through and I further know that it has changed our lives forever. I am 2 years 'clean' and because it is my hormonal system that was effected, I now have a completely different body. I have needed to learn how this 'new' body behaves, reactive, response -it is an ongoing journey. I wish Caity nothing but good health and a beautiful life. I wish you and others of your family peace.

      I would like to add one more thing for anyone reading this. One of the ways we can all be more proactive is to use precautions when getting x-rays-especially at the dentist's office. There has been several studies that indicate the importance of wearing the neck guard during dental x-rays and while getting a mammogram. If you are NOT asked if you want a neck guard, you should ask for one. This is particularly important for young children. Thank you for sharing. Best Regards,

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      KT Banks 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I'm always scared to read about Thyroid cancer. Thyroid problems seem to run in our family. I have been taking medicine for Hypothyroidism for about 20 years, and the gland is a little bit noticeably swollen in my neck. Tests have shown it is not cancerous, though. At least - not yet. My cousin had thyroid and Para-thyroid cancer. Sometimes I wonder if they should just go ahead and take mine out, as a preventative measure.

      However, reading your story about your courageous granddaughter makes me feel a little more calm about it. I'm SO happy she didn't let it ruin her Senior year of high school. She just looks so beautiful and peaceful, and happy. She's truly an inspiration!

      Thank you for sharing this story. Voted Up and more.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Bill, I truly hope it will help others. It was a hard journey for her but she made it through with shining colors. Its not over yet but I have no doubt she will continue with her strength.

      CarNoobz, she really is a marvelous kid. The mother-daughter relationship is outstanding!

      bdegiulio, you can call her beautiful any time you want ;) I shared in the hope it helps someone else.

      ambercita, I have an underactive thyroid and nodules but never expected this for my granddaughter. Thank you.

      Ronnie, it would be you that would leave such a beautiful remark about the three of us. She really is an incredible young woman....the two of them make me proud.

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      6 years ago

      All of the comments were centered around Catlin as well as they should have been, she surly is a remarkable young woman, who handled a terrible situation far better than many adults. I was brought to tears when I read she was trying to shield her Mom, and showing her real strength. Why?? Caity's Mom, your daughter, is also a very strong woman. I am not the least surprised about those two strong women. why? Mary you yourself are a very strong woman that branch didn't fall far from the tree. God Bless You All

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      6 years ago from Winter Park

      I am hypothyroid and have been since I was in high school. I am glad your granddaughter is doing well.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, what a story. Mary, your granddaughter is beautiful. I know you already know that but I'm sure you won't mind hearing it again. I am so happy that everything worked out. It sounds like she has a very bright future ahead of her. Feel free to brag away, that's what we do for our grandkids. Thank you for sharing this.

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      6 years ago from USA

      What an awesome granddaughter! So good to hear about her recovery. I love her positive attitude, and the way she was nervous for her mom before the surgery...touching. =)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that one brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful grandchild you have, Mary, and what a beautiful human being she is. This story is so important. Thank you for sharing such a personal journey so that others might draw strength from it.


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