“Broken crayons still color”.
Here is the story of Yossi who is currently fighting Thyroid cancer. She is an aspiring voice actor, foodie, horror movie nerd, video game junkie, and obsessed with Disney. She believes in “Feel the fear and do it anyway”.
“In 2017, I was having a MRI done to prepare for gallbladder surgery. The reports said there were two small nodules in my thyroid. I ended up forgetting all about it because I was so caught up in my gallbladder surgery. It wasn’t until my therapist recommended, I get my thyroid checked after telling her my anxiety was at an all-time high. On April 5th 2018, my biopsy reports confirmed stage one thyroid cancer”.
“I had my thyroidectomy on June 25th, 2018. I ended up staying an extra four days and was moved into the ICU when my calcium levels dropped really low. It was quite scary because I was very weak and shaking uncontrollably.
The recovery was pretty hard for me. I was put on medications to level out my calcium and was sent to the ER once because I had to have it intravenously.
I was barely able to hold myself up because I was constantly tired and nauseated. It was even worse when I was preparing for the radioactive iodine therapy.
I had the radioactive iodine therapy in August. I was quite sick through it but my parents and sister were very helpful in getting me through it. I was declared no evidence of disease on Sept 12th, 2018. It is quite bittersweet. I’m very relieved but on the other hand, it’s not officially cancer free yet. I’ll be having my first follow up appointment in a few days”.
“People sometimes shun me because of the high survival rate. This so called “good cancer” has changed my quality of life. The idea of a recurrence is also quite scary”.
Motivation to fight cancer
“My biggest motivation is my family. I had to put a lot of my passions on hold to deal with this but I didn’t want cancer to stop me. The idea that I can push past this and achieve something is another huge motivation”.
Message to other Fighters
“Take it one day at a time and know that you are not alone. Find someone you trust to confide in and build a good support system. When I went to get the iodine therapy, my best friend left this beautiful letter for me to find when I came home. It’s in my night table and I read it anytime I’m having a bad day. I would also read the constant messages on Facebook I got whenever I was updating friends and family on what was going on with my treatments. It kept me strong”.