Corie Mogenis

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: New Jersey
Cancer: Thyroid

"You can't change the fact that you get cancer but you can absolutely decide HOW you will react to that and that can make all the difference."

I was diagnosed with Metastatic Thyroid Cancer in October 2016. I had a total thyroidectomy, neck dissection and had 2 parathyroids removed the day before Thanksgiving in November 2016. It was a tough recovery. I had to do exercises at home for my shoulder so it wouldn’t freeze after the neck dissection. I developed lymphedema in my neck, chest, face, and back. I had to do 6 weeks of therapy to help correct that. I didn’t get my voice back for almost 6 months. I still can’t sing like I used to and I get hoarse after a long day of talking. My thyroid levels have been a nightmare to get regulated and I am on my 13th medication change. Changes in brands, types, dosage, and combinations. Two years later and I am still struggling to adjust.
This has been a long road and there are days I am not sure I will make it through – but I always do. Mixed among all of these difficulties and struggles were plenty of happy days. Celebrations for clear scans and NED! New friendships. Clarity in life. The ability to REALLY celebrate every day I get and especially the ones I feel well enough to enjoy. You can’t change the fact that you get cancer but you can absolutely decide HOW you will react to that and that can make all the difference.