I have thyroid cancer

The subject of this post isn’t a lie. I’ve known for a month now that I have stage 1 papillary thyroid cancer, and I’m ready to live it out in public now. It really feels good to get it out in the open now!

How did I get here? It’s a long story that has a lot of details that aren’t entirely relevant right now. The news has been earth-shattering, but I’m finally at a point where I can accept it and move ahead. Since the time I was diagnosed, I’ve been doing a ton of research about carcinomas: how they’re formed, how they grow, what can prevent them, and what the preferred methods of treatment are. I’ve spoken with at least 6 different doctors/specialists about my possible treatment options. I’ve also eliminated all of my extra volunteer activities (e.g., I’m no longer involved in Mozilla Utah, I’m being released from my clerk responsibilities within my local Mormon congregation, etc.) and I’m focusing on finding an effective treatment that doesn’t leave me without a thyroid gland for the rest of my life. I’m also working on some stress-free hobbies like cooking, woodworking, study of cultures and languages (lately it’s been Swedish folk art and Celtic language history), playing with Henry, and having fun with Kimberly.

As far as treatment is concerned, it’s looking like I’ll need to adopt a plant-based, low sodium diet for the remainder of the year (possibly) and be “watchfully waiting” on the cancer’s demise. In fact, in honor of this massive change, I’m going to India Palace to enjoy my last taste of Chicken Tikka Masala this week (and you’re welcome to join me). I may still need surgery, but we have time to experiment with other treatment plans under the supervision of a doctor (hence the frequent doctor’s visits I mentioned above) and find a surgeon that’s willing to remove the cancer, and not my thyroid. It’s been a stressful experience and will be a difficult challenge in the next 3-6 months. We’re very confident that everything will work out for the best though.

Anyway, I’m not really sure what more there is to say. I don’t intend to begin filling up my social media feeds with posts or updates about my cancer. It will likely be rare if you see me talk about it on those platforms again. But if you ask me, I’ll happily offer up an update. In the mean time, wish me luck! :-)