After watching an episode of The Doctors, Michelle made a shocking discovery about the health of her 15-year-old daughter Abby.
The mom saw an episode where a woman discovered she had thyroid cancer. A few weeks later while looking at her daughter, she noticed that only one side of her daughter's throat was moving while talking. Michelle flashbacked to The Doctors' segment which talked about this being a possible sign of trouble with the thyroid.
Abby at first did not think there was anything to worry about as she was still a teenager and it is rare in this age group. After getting tested, it was discovered that Abby had thyroid cancer. Three weeks later, Abby went in for surgery to have her thyroid removed along with some of her lymph nodes. This was also followed by radiation therapy.
"I can't imagine where we would be today if I had not seen The Doctors. I think that we would have missed Abby's cancer. I want other people to know what to look for," Michelle says.
Abby is happy to share with The Doctors, "As of right now, I'm cancer-free, which is really exciting."
Prior to getting thyroid cancer, Abby was extremely active with dance, swim team, and the golf team. Over the course of 2 years, she quit these activities because she was feeling tired. Looking back, her mom realizes that her lack of energy was due to her thyroid cancer.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer and usually occurs in people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. It typically presents as a mass in the neck and can result in voice changes. He says it can also present as a problem with thyroid function, like weight gain or lack of energy.