(Part 1/2) “I’d had thyroid issues since my childhood, but I wasn’t on medication at the time. In college, I got an ultrasound done, and then 2 days later, the doctor called me saying they found some nodules in my thyroid.
I went back in to get a biopsy, which involved sticking a few needles in my throat. They said there might be 50% chance I had cancer.
5 minutes later, 3 doctors walked in and I knew. I felt my stomach drop. “You have papillary thyroid cancer, but don’t worry, you’ll be okay.” OKAY? Okay? Okay…It felt that my world just collapsed right in front of me.
I was just a 19 year old undergraduate medical student. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t angry. I was just sad. But I didn’t want to give up. My surgery was scheduled in 2 months. Till then, I started working as a medical assistant at my aunt’s family practice to take my mind off of things.
A month before my surgery, one of my friends texted me in to introduce me to a friend of her boyfriend’s she thought I’d like. It was unexpected, but the next morning, I received a text from him.
Rajan entered my life on November 19th. I remember freaking out and texting my friends to see what I should reply to him. And I then texted him that I was diagnosed with cancer. He said ‘I’m glad you’re going to be OK.’ It felt like a breath of fresh air to hear that.
A month later, in December 2015, I had surgery to remove my entire thyroid. I still remember the first night after my surgery when I threw up a little bit because of the medication I was on.” said Drishti Patel