Thyroid Cancer Survivor Now A Nurse

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Thyroid Cancer Survivor Now A Nurse

“Faith doesn’t always mean that God changes your situation, sometimes it means he changes you” –Steven Furtick

Brittany Perez was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on August 15th, 2018. She has successfully defeated her disease. She works as a nurse now.

The Diagnosis

She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on August 15, 2018.

The Journey

Thyroid Cancer Survivor shares her cancer journey

“Wednesday August 15th.

The day I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer.

I never thought I would have to use the big “C” word to describe myself.

In April I found a nodule or “lump” in my throat.

We were learning about thyroids and feeling our own in class when I found it. (Nursing school comes in handy sometimes I guess). It was almost finals so of course, I had zero time to go to the doctor.

Fast forward 3 months- I went to a walk in clinic. I was told that I just need to “breathe and calm down” it was “just strep”. I was placed on antibiotics for 10 days and told to come back if it didn’t resolve (even though I mentioned multiple times the nodule has been there for MONTHS).

I took the antibiotics because, honestly, I had been convinced I was probably over reacting (because who doesn’t diagnose themselves with all the bad things in nursing school). It was still there. I told Abdi I didn’t feel comfortable going back to her, I wanted to change and go to someone I trusted, so I did.

I was taken much more seriously and an ultrasound and some bloodwork was ordered.

The blood work came back perfect so I was starting to feel better, then I received a call from my PCP. The Ultrasound came back suspicious and I wasn’t crazy, a 2.1cm nodule was found..he wanted a biopsy.

Biopsy was done and it did come back Thyroid Cancer.

I had a total thyroidectomy done on October 4th and everything went perfectly! Happy to get that out of my body and live a thyroid-less life and cancer free!

Here’s to beating Cancer. ❤”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My husband and my future! Giving up wasn’t an option.”

Biggest hindrance

“The only hindrance I had was fighting for the correct diagnosis.”

Message to other cancer patients

Thyroid Cancer Survivor shares her message to other cancer patients

“Don’t give up! You can get through this and will walk out even stronger. And, always always fight for your medical care.”

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