Thanks to Leah Wohlgemuth Guljord of West Melbourne, Florida for her submission:
“In 1995 I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. Thankfully this was the beginning of the Internet as it was the only place to find support and information. Although very little information. Several of us would meet once a week in a private AOL chat room to try and figure out what this cancer was about, where we could find the proper care and how we could help others.
Eighteen years later ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association has helped thousands of other survivors find support and get educated as well as fund $1.2 million in research grants.
I got my butterfly tattoo to represent the thyroid with is shaped like a butterfly and had it colored with the thyroid cancer colors of pink, purple and aqua.”
For more information about ThyCa, please visit their website at: http://www.thyca.org/
Thanks again Leah for sharing your story and your butterfly tattoo.