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Feel like I dodged a bullet

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 13, 2012, 2:31 PM





Back in July, I went in for my usual thyroid check-up (still every 6 weeks) and my doctor noted that my thyroid is enlarged. She told me to get an ultrasound to have it checked out but since I was getting married in a few months, and since I didn't have health insurance, the cost of an ultrasound (around $400) was too much for me to take on.

After the wedding, I was able to get put on my husband's health insurance so I got my ultrasound finally a few weeks ago. The results were that they found a nodule in my left lobe. The nodule is classified as suspicious. Meaning suspicious for carcinoma. The nodule is solid and has blood flow to it, so my doctors were very concerned that it was cancer. So, I was rushed to get a FNA biopsy.

I'll just tell you right now, FNA biopsies are no fun. D: They take a thin needle (smaller than a blood needle, but longer than one) and they prod it into your nodule to gather cells to look at. First, they numb your neck with lidocaine. And, for anyone who has gotten lidocaine administered to their skin, you know that it BURNS like the heat of a thousand suns! D: I'll never understand why a numbing medication is so painful. Anyway, then they stick the needle in and it's not like they just stick it in and pull it out again, like pulling blood. They take the needle and push it in and out a bunch of times and move it around the area. The movement sort of reminds me of when you push your straw in and out of your cup lid really fast. So, they did this 6 times to make sure that they got the cells they needed and the area is bruised really nicely now. It feels like I got punched in the throat. @__@

Anyway, this was done a few days ago and I got my results back today. The nodule is benign. But, since they aren't removing it, my doctor still assures me that it could become cancerous at some point so it's important to keep an eye on it. So, now I will need to get an ultrasound every 6 months to keep tabs on it. Either way, I feel like I dodged a bullet today!


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fenna-maruda Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm going to have a biopsy on thursday and I'm so scared. I hope my results will be as good as yours. :<
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure they will! O: SENDING POSITIVE THOUGHTS YO! <3
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fenna-maruda Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you! :huggle:
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x8SukiChan8x Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that it was benign. Go you! :D
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fictograph Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:) That's good ndews to hear. My mom had a thyroid carcinoma removed earlier this year.
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
O:

Luckily, I guess with Thyroid cancer, its basically as simple as removing it to cure it. Which is a really good thing! Did she have to do radioactive iodine after though?
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fictograph Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yup! THe surgery went well. She's now on thryoxazine, but it was early enough she didn't need radioactive iodine.
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phantomsox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Will your health never cut you a break?!?
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Apparently not... Lol
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wraithdragon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That's rough. I can't imagine what you must of been feeling when you were told you had a nodule that the docs were worried about, it must of been very frightening. I glad that the results were favourable, and wish you all the best for the future.
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Odinite Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
*hugs* I am very glad that you are ok! I hope for it to never turn cancerous.
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eanstl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear everything OK. I know exactly how your throat feels right now, sadly didn't have that much luck.
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DragonSneeze Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you're alright!
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AugustFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow ouch that needle thing sounds really painful.

At least it's benign at the moment, though. I hope it doesn't become cancerous. Good luck with your ultrasounds!
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mainasha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cancer can be such a scary thing to even imagine dealing with. I lost a few family members to it. I pray that your doctor is wrong about your medical condition possibly becoming cancer in the future. Stay well.
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KchanDatGath Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O I hope you get better ASAP! </3
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reafu-fu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Stuff like this really hammers home the idea of living life to the fullest. I hope everything else is well with you!
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Inkmo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Owww. they're not gonna do more biopsies like that are they?
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they might have to do them every six months with the ultrasounds as well. :/ It depends how the nodule progresses in the future
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codehimi Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh my D8
I'm glad it's benign, but it's still kind of scary D:
and that test...sound terrible <A<;
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AyameSuzuki Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I'd be like "NOPE fucking remove it now, don't let it get that way just do it now!"

xD but I am glad everything is alright hopefully it never amounts to anything and you stay healthy <3
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Omalley243 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
The pain meds burn because they're kept so cold, and your flesh is warm. It's the temp difference *adjusts med-glasses*
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GypsySquid Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
Glad it's benign, but sorry you feel like your throat was punched. ^^;
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahahah its alright! Its starting to feel better
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GypsySquid Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
Glad to hear it. ^^
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TypewriterInTheAttic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost want to go on a healthcare-in-the-United-States-is-bullshit rant. Honestly, $400 for an ultrasound that identify a potentially life-threatening disease and monitor it before it gets serious and more debilitating/ costly? Do they think people are just rolling in money?

I'm glad they at least found it, and I'm glad that it's benign. Good luck! :D
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, especially considering that with healthcare, its only $80. I didnt actually pay anything for it with my insurance, but if I would have gotten a bill, it would of only been $8 because insurance companies get a discount.

But still, if you think about it, the people performing the ultrasounds still don't want to lose money, so if they charge $80 then it must not cost much more than that to keep them maintaining their machines and still make a profit. So, why it explodes to $400 without insurance, I'll never understand. Especially considering all they do is take a picture with this machine, they arent doing anything like my biopsy where they use needles and so on.
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yupinukedem Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad that you're okay, oh wow.
My mother suffers from a thyroid disease.
And ah, hearing about the needle made me clutch my own throat!

I definitely hope it stays benign.
It's good you take care of yourself and get checked up often.
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As you must know, because of your mom, thyroid disease is something that you have to be diligent about. So, really, I have no choice but to keep up on it. :(
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yupinukedem Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
-nods- I do, but she's doing alright. Medication, though, is an awful thing, but she's been in good health. So I've no doubts that you'll be the same especially since you are conscientious of your situation.
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Cyanide-Tea Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
All the health problems! It certainly does not sound like a trip to the fair if anything. x__x;

I'm glad to hear that you're at least doing well for the most part! Hoping maybe that nodule just goes away on it's own and it was just some weird lump or something... maybe it's from all of the thyroid stuff going on? Not even modern medicine seems to know nowadays I blame it on being partially lazy in a way. I was "diagnosed" with asthma and all I did was cough in front of the doc. Buncha quacks nowadays I tell ya!

Hope things are going well with you and your husband! :>
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I doubt the nodule will go away, if anything it'll just stay there and not grow, which would be the best scenario. But, there are things that can set the nodule to start growing. For example, my sister had one and when she got pregnant it blew up to the size of a grapefruit @___@ She had to wait until she had my nephew before she could remove it.

I might talk to my doctor about having it removed or something since I am wanting to try for a family myself sometime in the next year or so. And I really do not want th same scenario to happen @___@
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Cyanide-Tea Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Oh my... if that's the case, do what's best for yourself so that doesn't happen! >A> Sounds horrifically frightening.
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:hug:
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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
<3 :)
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