Hannah McSpadden

This year I hit 12 years cancer free. My story started when I was 19 and a sophomore at K-State. I was terrified, what college student wants to think about planning their own funeral after hearing the words “you have cancer?” I didn’t even know what a thyroid was. 

I was overwhelmed by the support from my family, friends and K-State. I was able to finish my bachelors degree in 4 years because of all of the compassion and understanding.

Now, 12 years later, my priorities and outlook on life have changed for the better. I value my life and how I treat others in a much higher capacity. I found a career where I share my story and help others plan for the unexpected, and I’ve learned to love my body and pay attention to what it’s telling me.

If you were just diagnosed, take a minute to take a breath and know that you can beat this! There are a lot of support groups and other survivors here to cheer you along. My cancer journey has empowered me to educate others on thyroid cancer and other thyroid related issues. They say “it’s the good cancer,” but I will have a lifelong relationship with blood work and taking medication every morning.

I hope my story empowers you to know you can beat this! Keep your chin up and know you will come out a fighter!

30 Stories in 30 Days

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. As part of that theme, we will post stories written by thyroid cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals for our 30 Stories in 30 Days campaign. We hope their perspectives and insight will help others along their journey.