Archive | January 2016

Update- Parathyroid Disease


Hello everyone and happy 2016!!

I have great news, I am CURED from parathyroid disease.

Although I was not able to make it to Tampa to see Dr. Norman I was able to make it to Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA to see doctor John Kennedy and he truly changed my life.

Dr. Kennedy was able to located and remove the bad gland (tumor) and cured me! He also discovered during my surgery that the first surgeon had actually removed all of my glands except for the bad one. No wonder I was feeling worse after my first surgery, I had no good gland left at all! Because of this Dr. Kennedy had to transplant a piece of the bad gland back in. He is not sure if I will have this problem again in the future, I am his youngest patient ever with this problem. But For now I am enjoying my life again! I have the peace of knowing that if it does happen again, the bad gland will be easily located next time.

Here is a photo of the tumor removed from my neck. A normal parathyroid gland is the size of a grain of rice.

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I can not even begin to describe how different my life is now. I am still recovering from this devastating disease and still having some problems because of it, but I am SO much better than before. I am amazed that I can do normal things now, like vacuum the floor and then steam clean it and still have energy for other things lol. It sounds silly but I was so exhausted all the time before.

A few days after surgery I felt like I was living again and not just existing. I told my husband it was like the lights were coming back on.

If anyone happens to find my blog on the search for information about parathyroid disease and you are hesitant about the surgery please don’t be! Just make sure you find an expert. It is worth it, I promise!

I want to say thank you so much for everyone who was there for me while I was sick, everyone who prayed for me and everyone who shared and/or contributed to the gofundme that my mom set up. You all have no idea how much it means to me.

I have been trying very hard to spread awareness about this disease. Most people have never heard of it and most doctors don’t know enough about it.

If you are searching for more information I definitely recommend starting at http://www.parathyroid.com

I hope to start working on this blog again soon and would like to incorporate more things as well. See you soon!

 

Love,

Ashley