On Tuesday Justin had surgery to remove his thyroid. During surgery they found cancer in his thyroid as well as in the lymph nodes on the left side of his neck. They removed everything and he is now cancer free. Even though we had been told a few months go that cancer was highly suspected, we honestly didn't believe it. We truly believed they would get in there and say there was nothing to be found and they would remove his thyroid and that's it. I was shocked to say the least when the surgeon came out to talk to me while Jus was still in the OR. He originally went in because he has some large nodules in his neck that needed to be removed and one was in the center of his thyroid, so we knew going in that he would have a complete thyroidectomy - we just didn't expect the lymph nodes or the diagnoses.
Anyhow, we stayed overnight at the hospital Tuesday and were discharged Wednesday around noon. However, Thursday he took a turn for the worse and landed us back in the ER for about 12 hours. MIL and SIL met us there and MIL stayed with us the whole time and even came home with us to stay the night.
Yesterday he seemed so much better all day but now today he is sick again and already back in bed even though he just woke up. We have no idea what to do for him to make him better right now. We are going in for more labs Monday and for a follow up Wednesday. I feel so bad taking off all this time from work but at the same time, obviously, he is way more important to me than my job.
Here are some questions I have been getting and the answers, in case any of you were wondering:
How long has he been dealing with all of this? How did he find it?
He noticed the first nodule while I was in the hospital with Deacon 3 years ago. It was just a lump in his neck and before we were discharged to go home one of my nurses even asked him about it. She wanted to know if he had ever had it looked at by his GP. So within a few weeks he was at the dr getting an ultrasound and biopsy where everything came back normal. He has been having u/s and biopsies every 6-12 months for the last three years and up until August of this year we have always been told it was nothing to worry about.
What made him have it removed?
The last biopsy in Aug showed up as "suspicious". He had changed doctors and was getting a 3rd opinion when they came back with this new finding. At that point I was beyond tired of him having to deal with it and he was starting to get more concerned, so we went to a surgeon who recommended taking it out soon.
Will he take chemo or radiation?
No. Thyroid cancer is treated with surgery and no follow up treatments are needed. However, they may recommend a radioactive iodine treatment - we will know in about 6 weeks. We have discussed it with both of his specialists and they both have varying opinions of it. So far he (and I) are leaning towards him not doing it.
What about Deacon?
Deacon has been passed around like a hot potato all week. He has been with different grandparents all week and is loving it! When he first saw Jus' neck he was scared but he is over that now. However, he keeps complaining of neck pain for himself :rolleyes:
Thank you so much to those of you that called, text, FB messaged me, and PM'd me this week. You have no idea how much it meant to know that you guys were supporting us. A lot of our friends and family IRL don't even know that Justin had surgery or has been going through anything at all. He has kept it all quiet and is just now even considering telling people.
I go back to work on Monday after I go to the OB and I takehim back for more labs. Since its already a short week with Thanksgiving I will only be there for a day and a half next week. I'm not sure how much I will be on the boards until Thanksgiving is over and life is semi-back to normal. However, since he is sleeping now and no family is here (and I've finally started catching up on some housework) I wanted to come update.