Welcome to my website. My name is Danielle Nicosia. August 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Metastatic Thyroid Cancer. After being misdiagnosed for several years, I had a complete thyroid removal (total thyroidectomy), as well as a many lymph nodes that were cancerous.
Not only was I diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in 2012, I was also diagnosed with Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid), and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease. After I had surgery I was put on three calcium medications due to having Hypoparathyroidism during surgery. Two tumors were on my parathyroid glands.
In order to kill the cancer I had to be on a Low Iodine Diet for 4 weeks. I completed two aggressive rounds of RadioActive Iodine treatment, which were not successful. Two months after my second round of RAI, I ended up having severe pain in my face due to severe salivary gland disease which caused me to stay in the hospital for a week because I had a severe infection. Not only do I have salivary gland disease but I ended up having so many stones in my face. All because both glands are burnt and destroyed from RAI treatment. Which means I either A: have to have radiation or B: have my salivary glands removed.
In 2013, the cancer came back but I didn’t have a surgery. I had another dose of RAI ( Radio Active Iodine) to kill the remainder of cancer cells.
February 2018, I had my third recurrence. I had to have a Right Neck dissection due to pain and cancerous biopsies. I was told I will never be ” cancer free”. At this time my cancer center is monitoring my neck since they have found more nodules that have grown within the last three months.
The purpose of my website is for awareness. Unfortunately, there is not much awareness for Thyroid Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Hypoparathyroidism Disease.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support during this difficult time.
Please feel free to contact me.