Last week, I was at Kaiser Medical Center for an appointment with my endocrinologist.

Since Elliot was born in 1988, I was diagnosed with goiter – an enlarged thyroid. I have a standing appointment to have it checked twice a year. An ultrasound and blood work is done once a year. At every check up so far, nothing has changed, which is a good thing. The function of my thyroid is normal. The size of it is about 2-3 times larger than normal. If you look at my neck, you will not notice any bulge unless there is someone my size standing next to me for comparison.

What we do not want to see are nodules which would indicate potential cancer. There are several minute nodules which have not grown in size and I am told they are too small to be of concern. If they start to enlarge, the cloctor said he would be able to feel them. So I see him for five minutes twice a year for him to feel my neck to check if those nodules have gotten bigger. As I said, so far so good, praise God.

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