4 photos to represent part of my journey through surgery for thyroid cancer.
Photo 1 –
Before diagnosis I felt healthy and did not realise there was anything wrong.
When I heard the news I was shocked, anxious and low.
A friend helped by arranging a second medical opinion for me.
Photo 2 –
Following surgery I was anxious about the symptoms I was experiencing such as loss of voice from temporary vocal nerve bruising.
Once I started recovering I became anxious about the scar on my neck.
Friends and family came to the hospital and helped me at home initially.
Photo 3 –
I was conscious of my scar for a while, worrying people would notice it and judge me as an unhealthy person.
I started covering my neck with scarves, necklaces and polo necks.
Friends even bought me scarves.
Photo 4 –
Feeling better again, scar fading, not covering neck and health less on mind.
Back to normal life and time with friends and family. Although not feeling quite as invincible as I was prior to diagnosis and treatment.