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.