Lisa shares if her doctor found cancer after a portion of her thyroid was removed or before.
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I am very lucky that the first endocrinologist found this when she did. I was a very close call whether I had thyroid cancer or not. Cancer is a way that cells form and it would have been determined that it was follicular carcinoma, a cancer of the thyroid, if I, if the cells had broken. The thyroid has two halves, it’s like a butterfly, right half, a left half, and there’s a little channel that connects them. If the cells had broken through the right side and started to hit the little tunnel connected to the left side, then it would have been a follicular carcinoma, a cancer. The pathologist that I had, it was very close to call. It was very on the border, almost, almost breaking through to the point where she had it looked at by two other pathologists at Cedars-Sinai to make sure that it wasn’t a cancer and when I got that news I was still, I was a tiny bit relieved that she was checking to make sure that it wasn’t a cancer instead of checking to see that it was a cancer. So she double-checked herself and I was grateful for that and furthermore, especially for women, you know, you shouldn’t second-guess your body. I knew that it was so close that I thought, "Well, do I just want to go ahead and remove the other side anyway because it’s so close?" But they assured me, "No, you don’t want to do that because you can…" I am on no thyroid medicine whatsoever. I have a perfectly active, actively normal-acting thyroid to this date. So it’s important just to make sure you get all the information from your doctors.