Seven Years~

My pathology report is back. Dr. Morris said there were no surprises. All of the cancer was on my thyroid and the small spots near it have been removed and we were lucky because usually cancer nodules fall apart during surgery (coincides with my theory of “air hitting cancer” hmmm…) but mine was protruding from the thyroid while attached to my trachea, so it all came out together.
Thank The Lord above.

The report also showed my ole beloved doctor was mistaken. I never had Hashimotos. Dr. Morris said, “Your thyroid was not functioning at all. You were sick or symptomatic because you had a cancerous tumor on your trachea while the cancer had spread to your vocal cords, while wrapped around my thyroid..  and it’s the only cancer that is slow growing, had it not been found it would’ve closed off your windpipe.”

Well. I’ll always be thankful for meeting my former beloved doctor. Not only was he the first doctor to act on my neck lumps, he gave me Cytomel. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Cytomel in 5 mg (3 times a day) and Low Dose Naltrexone 4.5 mg, is what kept me physically going this past year.

Due to there not being any cancer in my lymph nodes, therefore not able to spread elsewhere, I do not need much of the radiation treatment. Can you imagine the state of happiness I’m in? 🙂
I can’t say or write enough how sublime it is to awake to no symptoms after wondering where they were coming from for years.

I do have to head back to NYC in June for a check up on my neck incision. Convenient timing since I’ll be headed to Pennsylvania at that time. I also have to check in Sloan-Kettering once a year to be sure no more cancer pops up. After 5 years of those visits to NY, I’m finished.

So, for anyone searching for some positive feedback on Trachea tumor wrapped up into Thyroid Cancer, I’m your example. Don’t panic if you find lumps or if your biopsy comes back positive. There really can be a happy ending! They just can’t tell you the entirety of your situation until after the surgery. They can’t give you a proper stage until they’re in there as well. Whatever you do, no matter how tempted you are, don’t google Cancer!
*Remember: your body will react to what your brain tells it.
Health is the goal. Not feeling worse.*
The people posting those nightmares are reaching out for help. What happens to them does NOT mean it will happen to you.

One last thing, I may not have understood much the Endriconolgist said to me but he found my cancer. The thank you card I sent him is a joke to what he and the surgeon deserves.

In end of this seven year ordeal, I’ve regained my belief in doctors. They’re just like getting to know people. One may be selfish, one may use and abuse you, another may be a pompous ass but the last may be the ying to your yang.

Keep the Faith. Be Well.~

About Donda Danforth

I am the product of lifelong assorted novels in the works. Amateur music producer with official background. Long time freelance writer and ghost writer. Working to tell the truths and tales to the abuse and survival of cancer, Lyme disease, misdiagnoses, adolescent marriage, narcissistic abuse, and the humor that accompanies such a diverse list.
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