This message goes out to family with mixed emotions, good news, bad news and learning lessons. This is a status update regarding Lynzee. Please share with immediate family only. Please do not share outside of immediate family without Lynzee's consent.
A special thanks to the Gustafson family for the recommendation to the surgeon, Dr. Holt. She is literally one of the best thyroid surgeons in the nation and definitely the best in the DFW area. UT Southwestern was also amazing and I highly recommend that hospital over any hospital I have ever been to. Also, a heartfelt thank you to our primary care doctor, Dr. Amber Hyde of Mansfield, that didn't think my wife was crazy after more than a handful of doctors thought she was. The operation to completely remove her thyroid was successful. Fortunately, all potential issues that could arise from any surgery and specifically this type of surgery were avoided. This is a joyous time and we look forward to the days ahead and incrementally improving until she returns to a "normal" state pre-Hashimoto's. There is every indication that she will return to normal physical and mental health. One can never be 100% sure if surgery is necessary but with hindsight on our side, surgery was the best and correct course of action.
Now, the not so good news. Immediately after the incision of Lynzee's neck was made, the doctor noticed black lymph nodes. Black lymph nodes typically indicate cancer. A pathologist was on-site and was immediately able to check and determined that there was cancer. Yes, my wife has cancer. It is the most common and curable form of cancer but nevertheless worrisome. The recommended course of action is to remove the portion around thyroid and Dr. Holt was able to do so. So, theoretically the cancer is gone. We will know in a week, once the lab and path results are back what the recommended course of action may be. Dr. Holt indicated that chemotherapy would not be needed but possible some type of radiation. Luckily we were able to catch it in time.
Now, for the learning lesson. Live life as healthy as possible. You can never be too healthy. In everything you do and everything you eat, please pay attention to what you are doing and putting in your body. Nothing could directly affect you more! Again, I strongly encourage you to put mental and physical health at the forefront of all decisions regarding yourself and your loved ones. Especially parents who have a critical role to keep our children healthy and teach the next generation how to live.