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OMG2012 Cancer Summit For Young Adults

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October 11, 2011

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BENEFITING: STUPID CANCER

ORGANIZER: STUPID CANCER

EVENT DATE: Mar 30, 2012

Tracey Finck

THE STORY:

I do not think I was ever ready for this...

My journey started in September 2010 when my husband was advised he had to have his thyroid removed. In preparation for his surgery, I began to research thyroids. During my research, I came across an article which said if you have panic attacks in the morning, you may be hypothyroid and if you have them later in the day, you may be hyperthyroid.  Hmm. I was experiencing panic attacks in the morning; I just assumed it was due to stress. After all, in the course of a year, my father had passed away, we moved into a new home, my work was stressful, and we have a young son. I decided to talk to my doctor about it. After all, it was just a blood test...

I found out quickly that I had a hypoactive thyroid and was sent for a sonogram.Much to my surprise, I too had a nodule on the lower right wing of my thyroid lobe. Some concern, but everything I read about thyroid cancer said it was actually pretty rare for someone my age without a family history or exposure.  I was ordered for a fine needle aspiration where I was told that it was indeterminate for cancer. I was then sent for a second fine needle aspiration which said based on the cells, I had a less than 10% chance for it being cancer.

Now is probably the time to tell you that I tend to be a bit aggressive medically. I firmly believe that you are responsible for taking your health into your own hands. I consulted with a surgeon at Johns Hopkins University. She asked me several times - was I certain I wanted to have my thyroid removed? I literally told her, "This will be my 9th surgery. It isn't my first time at this particular rodeo and I will be worse off if you leave it in from panic and worry."

April 26, 2011, my thyroid was removed. The surgery went so well that I was actually sent home the same day. April 27, my surgeon's office called to check on me. And then they called on April 28. My throat still felt like I had someone rubbing sandpaper on it so my husband did the talking. He answered a few questions about how I was doing and then turned white. "What do you mean, Tracey has cancer?" At that point, the blood drained from my mother's face and I sat in shock. They told my husband that my cancer was encapsulated within my nodule so it was "inconsequential". Excuse me? The words "cancer" and "inconsequential" should never be used together.

What I was diagnosed with was Stage 1 Papillary Thyroid Cancer. My primary care physician said to me it is a good thing that I took my own medical well-being into my own hands because although Papillary Cancer is slower growing than the others, it is the quickest to move into the lymph nodes.

I have been one of the fortunate ones. I have not needed to have radiation to remove the remainder of any thyroid cells. Instead, I am still being treated with high doses of Synthroid to supress any further thyroid cell growth. I have been tested once since my diagnosis and there has been no sign of the cancer returning. Thank God.

I 2 Y - I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Inc wrote -

70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. This is not OK! 

The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement.  A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it's 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.

Join our team and support efforts to ensure that young adult survivors get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community and hope.

Stupid cancer. Survivors rule.

“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”

"I loved meeting new people as well as seeing old friends in person who I’d only known through Facebook.”

“The OMG! Summit and the sheer enormity of our community has left me more inspired than ever."

“I made so many new connections. I can't wait to spread more awareness about young adult cancer.”

“What an amazing, life-changing and inspiring weekend.”

 

 

$220

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tracey Finck

    $50

  • Tara, Greta & Mady

    $50

  • Greg & Tom

    $100

  • Suz

    $20

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44% Raised of $500 Goal

The Team: $113,506 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Brian Anderson

Amount Raised

$8,830

 

442% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Amount Raised

$8,485

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Gary Vadhse

Amount Raised

$7,550

 

378% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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christina radzilowicz

Amount Raised

$6,625

 

110% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Sarah Gammons

Amount Raised

$5,010

 

100% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Alexandra Longo

Amount Raised

$5,000

 

50% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Jennifer Derilo

Amount Raised

$3,066

 

102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Sarah Burkybile

Amount Raised

$2,976

 

93% Raised of $3,200 Goal

Donor Comments

Suz

Suz

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Greg & Tom

Greg & Tom

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Tara, Greta & Mady

Tara, Greta & Mady

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Tracey Finck

Tracey Finck

DONATION: $50

6 years ago