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Mortality #cowdens #Hysterectomy #Thyroidectomy #colon #breast

I lost a patient tonight. Not unusual in a busy ER. This was a fairly young woman with stage 4 uterine CA . A family history of breast, colon and thyroid cancer. And a large head. All the hallmark signs of cowdens. She was conscious, coherent and talking. Thanking everyone for helping her. She was in agony. Now she is gone. I truly believe to a better, happier place. But I don’t like to face my own mortality #cowdens #Cancer #pe #Cancer #Cardiac arrest

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Surgery #cowdens Syndrome #Surgery #Chat #Memories #Thyroidectomy #coping

In seven days it will be two years since my thyroidectomy. Im so grateful to the doctors who not only did a wonderful job, but provided me this wonderful commemorative photo, it’s helpful in my coping to visualize what happened. I saw a picture of my gall bladder as well but couldn’t take the picture home, . Asked the surgeon for a photo of my uterus as well- I hope she can give me one(I have a hysterectomy upcoming)

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Surgery went well! 😊 #Thyroidectomy

Yesterday I had my surgery, and it went well! Im in a lot of pain but im the biggest weenie ever so its probably not that bad 😋
I feel a bit better though. Hurts to swallow and at the incision. Im hopeing they let me go home today. That and im starving. If they dont bring food and coffee soon Im gonna starve and go nuts lol

#Anxiety #Depression #Epilepsy #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #OtherMentalHealth #MentalHealth
#HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #Thyroidectomy

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Well, tomorrow's surgery day. Im gonna be rockin one of these wonderful surgery gowns. Such style!
I especially love the bile green. Hopefully they aren't out of those!🤪🙃🤭😂🤣

#Anxiety #Depression #Epilepsy #OtherMentalHealth #MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #Thyroidectomy #MakeMeLaugh #Fashion

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Happy Monday !💜 Hope your fairing better then poor Mona Lisa here.
What are you up to this week? How are you feeling?

I my self am finishing demolishing our floors so that we can finally have the walls painted and new hard wood floors put in. The sooner the better because my house looks like a contruction zone. Wednesday I finally get a well deserved trip to the hair salon and Friday is my surgery. Nervous but excited to get it over with. 👩‍🎨💇‍♀️👷‍♀️👩‍⚕️

#Anxiety #Depression #Epilepsy #OtherMentalHealth #MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #MakeMeLaugh #Thyroidectomy

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Nervous for my 2nd thyroid surgery Any tips?😬

Im going to be getting my second thyroid surgery. The first is when I was 13 due to nodules. This time its a goiter. Before I just wanted them to call and give me an appointment. And then I finally got the call and they gave me an apt that was less then a month away. I was shocked. I though the waiting period would be longer. I thought Id have more time to prepare my self. Im so nervous. Haveing had the surgery before makes it no less scary for me due to my anxiety. Especially since my anxiety made last time horrible due to the irrational thought that if I tried to hold my head up, the stitches would fall out and my head would somehow fall off. It seems really funny now but trust me it wasnt at the time lol🤣
This time I doubt my anxiety will give me another funny story to tell.
Last time I had nobody to ask , but any tips on surgeries or anxiety about surgeries would be helpful. Last time was rough. Hopeing this time will be easier.

#Anxiety #Depression #Epilepsy #OtherMentalHealth #MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Thyroidectomy #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #thyroid #Surgery

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Got number 36 knocked out of the park! I’ve had devices implanted and removed, and I’ve had body parts removed and grafted elsewhere but I’ve never had an organ removed... permanently. It’s an odd thing to think about. Well, we had a good run!! ✌️ #thatsurgerylife #Thyroidectomy #PapillaryThyroidCarcinoma #snapchatfilter #hospitalselfie


Day 3: Radioactive Iodine

Unfortunately, I can't get superpowers from this type of radiation.

Radioactive Iodine or RAI is exactly what it sounds like. It's a radioactive iodine isotope. You can look up I-123 if you'd like to know more about the science of this treatment.

But basically, the two injections blasted the thyroid hormone called TSH into my system. TSH is only absorbed by thyroid tissue, however a scan can't see that hormone. Fortunately, Iodine is ONLY absorbed by thyroid tissue. So by giving me a Radioactive form of it, they can pick up any presence of the Iodine/TSH in my body through nuclear imaging.

Since I had a total thyroidectomy, I shouldn't have any thyroid tissue left in my body. Ideally the TSH and the RAI are just going to flush themselves out & my scan will look pretty boring. However, if it does light up, it means the presence of new thyroid tissue, which could mean a reoccurrence of cancer.

I still have a few hours until I head to the hospital to receive RAI, and I can't tell if I'm more nervous about the treatment or just visiting the hospital.

#Cancer #ThyroidCancer #cancerrecovery #rai #RadioactiveIodine #Thyroidectomy #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness

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