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After losing both parents to cancer, my own diagnosis came as quite a shock.  I was a very healthy 39 year old who had never a thyroid problem.  I remember a weird weight gain (all my clothes still fit despite the number on the scale) and feeling a bone-crushing fatigue.  When I finally went to the doctor, like so many other thyroid patients, my doctor first told me it was just because I was getting older.  Then he felt a huge lump in my neck that I never even realized was there.  I was eventually diagnosed with two tumors, each with their own form of thyroid cancer: Papillary and Hurthle Cell Carcinoma.  The months that followed my initial doctor visit were incredibly difficult, with eight needles to biopsy my tumors without anesthetic; two surgeries 5 days apart; a paralyzed vocal cord and dysphagia from the second surgery; Radioactive Iodine treatment; and then the real struggle began. 

I tried to go back to my normal life, but nothing felt the same.  I began having one issue after another, and was desperate to feel like my old-self again.   After being told that nothing I was experiencing was related to my thyroid, I knew there had to be more to this than I was being told by my endo, and I was right!  I found support from other patients, a doctor that specialized in functional medicine and became my own best advocate when it came to my health.  Before long, I was no longer just surviving, I was thriving!  Learning to live without a thyroid gland became one of the hardest feats I have ever accomplished, but with a good dose of gratitude and a sense of humor, I was able to get my life back! I hope my posts make you laugh, think and inspire you not to let any illness stand in your way of living life to the fullest!

Jill Gurfinkel

Director & Co-Founder of the Thyroid Survivor Network

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  1. I am a member of your TSN support groups on Facebook. Your technical knowledge and that of your group Admins is superior to other groups on FB. Both your ThyCa and Recovering from Thyroid Disease groups have self service libraries with relevant subjects to those of us struggling with thyroid disease. Thank you.

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