Lisa recalls the results after the right portion of her thyroid gland was removed.
I am very lucky that the first endocrinologist found this when she did. I was a very close call whether I had thyroid cancer or not. Cancer is a way that cells form and it would have been determined that it was follicular carcinoma, a cancer of the thyroid, if I, if the cells had broken. The thyroid has two halves, it’s like a butterfly, right half, a left half, and there’s a little channel that connects them.If the cells had broken through the right side and started to hit the little tunnel connected to the left side than it would have been a follicular carcinoma, a cancer.
The pathologist that I had, it was very close to call. It was very on the border, almost, almost breaking through to the point where she had it looked at by two other pathologists at Cedars-Sinai to make sure that it wasn’t a cancer and when I got that news I was still, I was a tiny bit relieved that she was checking to make sure that it wasn’t a cancer instead of checking to see that it was a cancer.
So she double-checked herself and I was grateful for that and furthermore, especially for women, you know, you shouldn’t second-guess your body. I knew that it was so close that I thought, "Well, do I just want to go ahead and remove the other side anyway because it’s so close?" But they assured me, "No, you don’t want to do that because you can…" I am on no thyroid medicine whatsoever. I have a perfectly active, actively normal-acting thyroid to this date. So it’s important just to make sure you get all the information from your doctors.
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