In July 2016 my life took a small detour when I went to the doctor for strep throat.  I left with not only a prescription for antibiotics, but what would later turn out to be a thyroid cancer diagnosis.  I was 25, active and seemingly healthy.  How did this happen?  As a woman, I knew about the importance of checking my breasts for lumps, but it never occurred to me to check my neck.  I took charge of my diagnosis and went to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for treatment.  In November 2016, surgeons were able to remove my thyroid and the surrounding cancer-infected lymph nodes.  Today, I am cancer-free and feeling better than I have in years.