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I found my a nodule while practicing my thyroid exam - it turned out to be papillary thyroid cancer. I had a thyroidectomy on my week off between first and second year of PA school.
- •Don't get it during summer!This is when everyone takes vacation time - it will be difficult to schedule appointments and surgery. If possible try to be diagnosed with cancer in winter or fall for scheduling ease
- •Control the urge to tell people on Facebook to stop complaining about mundane thingsNo one will you appreciate you commenting "no one fucking cares" on their post about bad traffic
- •You might think you like pain killers, but a thyroidectomy is not worth it!Spend the first week titrating up an adequate dose of stool softner and laxative