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On Saturday 15th June myself and Sam Murphy will be taking part in the Colour Obstacle Rush 5K.
In November 2011, I became majorly unwell. I went to the doctors, the walk-in-centre and went to see a night doctor all in the space of two days. I went home and went very lethargic. My parents called for an ambulance and I was diagnosed with meningitis. After spending a couple of days in intensive care and 3 days in high dependency I was eventually discharged and able to go home. Gratefully I didn’t loose any limbs. I was told by the hospital my parents rang the ambulance at the right time any later and I might not have been here today. Both of my parents took time off work, they stood at my bedside. They visited me morning and night at the hospital. When I was discharged they took more time off work to support me and help me as I was unable to walk alone for a few weeks as I was weak and suffered for headaches still.
Only months after, my parents were there for me again they were there all through my appointments, diagnosis, operation, treatments, follow up appointments and always at my side through Thyroid Cancer. In the beginning of 2012 I found a lump in my throat, I went to the doctors who then referred me to the ENT department at Freeman hospital. I had many appointments and tests done. After swabs, biopsies, scans, a camera up my nose and down my throat we found out the lump was cancerous. A date was arranged to have my thyroid, parathyroid and lythnodes removed. After my operation we got told another lump was found therefore there were actually two lumps on my thyroid. After spending 4 agonising days in hospital being connected to morphine drip with 14 staples in neck I was able to go home. Both of my parents were at my side through everything. My parents took time off work to be there for me and still take time off work now to come to my scans and follow up appointments. When I first got diagnosed my parents looked into having my operation and care done privately and were willing to pay, however the waiting time was just the same as the NHS. Again I needed support with personal care, getting around the house etc. My parents put aside the busyness of their life to care for me and were very protective of me. They always had a positive manner when around me. Although it must have been the hardest thing to watch their daughter go through my parents reassured me and was there through a life changing time of my life.
Thyroid cancer is uncommon. Each year, about 2,300 people in the UK are diagnosed with it. It’s more common in women than men, and most women who have thyroid cancer are diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 39. Thyroid cancer in men is more likely to occur above the age of 70. It is rare in children. There are different types of thyroid cancer, which are divided into four different groups. I had Papillary, this is the most common type of thyroid cancer. It’s slow-growing and is found more in younger people, mostly women.
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