I hear a lot of stories about other people who have experienced thyroid cancer. They go something like this:
"Oh, you have thyroid cancer? Well my aunt had that about thirty years ago and she is doing just fine."
"You know, my brother's girlfriend had thyroid cancer several years ago and she hasn't had any other problems."
"My grandmother had thyroid cancer a looooong time ago. She's dead now, but it wasn't the cancer that killed her. You are going to be just fine."
OK, so the stories may not go exactly like that, but that's pretty much the gist. Let me say that I truly truly appreciate the encouragement. However, I need you to understand that this is my thyroid cancer. And I don't mean that in a jealous, possessive way. I mean that everyone experiences cancer differently. No two people deal with cancer exactly the same. And while it is encouraging to hear the stories of so many people who have overcome thyroid cancer after a single surgery or one dose of radiation, don't assume that my experience is going to go so smoothly.