Update 03/22/2016: We’re 1 year post-op and Jesse is doing very well! It has taken quite some time to get his hormones all leveled out with the right amount of his thyroid pill but every Endrocrinologist visit shows improvement and that having a complete thryroidectomy was the right call!
To start things off: for everyone who knew about Jesse’s Thyroid cancer and have supported us over the last 4 weeks, we really appreciate it! We appreciate all the cards we received in the mail, meals, desserts, balloons, signs, flowers, notes of encouragement, texts, phone calls and the continuous stream of prayers coming our way.
Jesse found out he had thyroid cancer all by coincidence by volunteering to get his thyroid scanned with an ultra sound at a convention held on Loma Linda University campus. This happened mid-February and over this last week Jesse had surgery to remove his thyroid along with all the cancer. Jesse’s doctor confirmed the Papillary Thyroid Cancer with a biopsy he took last month and after discussing different treatment options we decided to do a full thyroidectomy – complete removal of the thyroid.
*Pre-Op, getting prepped for surgery*
We scheduled the surgery to be over spring break (which was this last week) so that Jesse wouldn’t have to miss any school time and would have some time to recover as well. Surgery was on Tuesday and Jesse’s parents came down on Monday to spend the week with us. We got to the surgery center early Tuesday morning ready to get the surgery over with. Jesse was supposed to be an outpatient, able to go home same day as surgery, but because of his low calcium levels we ended up staying in the hospital for 2 nights. That was a little stressful but he’s home now and doing really well!
*Post-Op, thankful he was out and doing well*
He’s taking a TON of calcium and vitamin D everyday along with his thyroid replacement pill. He has a lovely scar along his neckline but that will slowly fade and should look nice in not too long.
It’s still pretty unbelievable and really quite a miracle to us that his cancer was even found and that we’re now here, about 5 weeks later and surgery is done and the cancer is totally gone. All the cancer was contained to his thyroid so with the removal of his thyroid all the cancer was also removed.
We still have a follow up with the doctor in another week or so to make sure his calcium and parathyroid hormone levels are all back to normal and hear the final pathology report from surgery. He will be on the thyroid replacement pill for the rest of his life, but that is so much better than having to have gone through other treatment options.
As crazy as this may sound to some, we are both so thankful that we have gone through this experience together. We truly feel that this experience will only help Jesse become a more compassionate and personable doctor one day with his own patients and it really has strengthen our marriage and what it means to rely on Jesus above all.