In the Beginning

Why was I loosing my voice? 20 plus years ago, I couldn’t understand why I was gradually sounding like I had a raspy voice. I knew my allergies might encourage that, but when I had allergies the previous year, I didn’t recall my voice sounding like that. Strange.

It wasn’t until I had a yearly exam that my doctor did a check on my lymph nodes in my neck, and discovered a lump toward the bottom of my throat. “I don’t want to alarm you, but you have a good size lump here.” He said he felt like it was in my thyroid, and sent me to an endocrinologist for further investigation.

Upon visiting the endocrinologist, he decided to do a needle biopsy to get more info. That needle biopsy….. always a fun thing to have done. To lie there seeing a needle come at you that resembles something a vet might use on a large animal, sends your mind to an out of body experience! Granted this was a couple decades ago, and everything was different then, but I’m sure the mind reaction is still the same. You just have to keep thinking you need the answer the procedure will give you. However, sometimes those procedures don’t find the answer. In my case they couldn’t get enough substance to give them that answer. We still didn’t know what it was. Ok, then, lets try that needle biopsy one more time and with a different doctor doing it. Same result. So back then, they thought there was a chance to possibly shrink the lump or nodule, by giving me some medication prior to making any other decision, i.e. surgery. Turns out over a period of a couple of months, there was no change with the medication (synthroid), but the lump had grown significantly. Yep, now the surgery talk.

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