My blog today is a rough timeline of events in photos. Selfies and iPhones are wonderful things, this allowed me to document my health and my lump from as soon as my mum noticed it back in February this year. I will post a video tomorrow where I discuss my story from January to surgery, for now I just want to publish the photos and say a bit about how I felt at each stage. I will explain in depth in my next YouTube video.
Have a look and a cheeky stalk at my lovely/gross/graphic photos of my road to diagnosis.
I felt very run down at the beginning of the year, but for no particular reason. I felt low and tired and drained (3 words I will use A LOT during my blog posts). I started to notice large swellings and blisters on my fingers- Ignore my horrible bitten nails but this was one of 3 bruised/blisters on my fingers, first thought to be Raynauds, then Rheumatoid Arthiritis, then tendon damage etc etc. I was finally informed I had chilblains. DISCLAIMER- we do not know if this was linked to my Thyroid cancer but it contributed to my low immune system health and my general feelings of 'not right'
An interesting part of my story I must tell involves my vain self and Facebook stalking... Once I noticed the lump I spent the next couple of months looking back through selfies and photos of myself and I became so distressed to see that the lump was strangely visible in photos dating back to June 2014. Its strange because I look back and go WOW how did NO ONE including myself miss this huge lump in the middle of my throat, but the way it goes, we just didn't even realise. We've all concluded that if you aren't alerted that you need to look for something, you really won't even think to look! Its strange but these next photos are from June 2014 to December 2014.