Sofia Vergara: I didnt want publicity because of that. Having cancer is not fun. You dont want to deal with anything else while youre going through it.
Because I have a family history of type 1 diabetesmy five siblings have itI know what its like to have injections every day and to have craziness happen to your body. So I took my son to an endocrinologist to be checked out early. While we were there, the doctor wanted to check me, too, and he found a lump in my neck.
I felt no symptoms, so I was skeptical about having my thyroid gland removed. Plus, the surgery is dangerous. If the doctor makes a mistake, you can lose your speech, or the mobility in your face. But I did it.
Yes, I take a Synthroid pill every morning. It controls your bodys metabolism and gives you the levels that you need. An unregulated thyroid can lead to problems with your weight, hair loss, and other things, so they give me a blood test every three months to see where my level is. Actually, I feel very lucky. In a lot of women, the cancer isnt found until around menopauseand by then its too late.
A little cancer remained after surgery, so I had iodine radiation. Its not that bad. But you cant see anybody for a few days. Youre radioactive.
I was living in Miami, and my mom and some of my siblings were there, too. They took care of my son, who was about 10 at the time. I tried to explain to him what was happening, so he was aware.
Your neck is so sensitive. You cant make any strong movements, so for two months I couldnt drive. Your life stops for a while. I had a scar, but plenty of things can be done with scars these days. Theyve used lasers and cortisone injections. Its not as noticeable as it was.
For a while, I got really crazy about what I was eating. But then you realize you cant live like that. You go to restaurants, and you have to eat something. You have to live your life. And no one really knows exactly how people get cancer.
When you go through something like this, its hard, but you learn a lot from it. Your priorities change. You dont sweat the small stuff. And it had a good ending.
Through the charity I sponsor, were building a cancer center in my hometown of Barranquilla. I visited the cancer ward of a hospital in Colombia, and parents were just sitting on the floor while their kids were being treated. When youre a mother and your kid is sick, you feel it yourself. I want to set up a comfortable place for parents.