Living with TC

How can I get back on with my life?

It is scary to find out you have thyroid cancer. But after you finish your initial treatments and you are taking thyroid hormone therapy, your life can just about return to normal. Take good care of yourself by eating well, exercising regularly, and managing stress. Learning relaxation methods, learning to set priorities, and remembering to laugh all help to reduce stress. Take pleasure in doing things that you did before your diagnosis. Most of all, make sure to get regular follow-up evaluations with your clinician which will vary depending on your risk of recurrence and your response to initial therapy. If you find it difficult to have regular checkups for any reason, talk with your doctor or nurse about your concerns.

Remember, you do not have to go through this alone. Talk to family and friends about whatever fears and questions you may have, and consider joining a thyroid cancer support group. At a support group, you will find other people who are willing to share their firsthand experience with thyroid cancer. To find a support group in your area, ask your doctor or nurse, or contact one of the thyroid cancer organizations listed in our links page