• Chloe McElmury

Philip's Story

Meet Philip! Today he will be sharing his story.



My name is Philip Neidlinger. I work for the US Army as a civilian electrical engineer. In 2018, I was having issues with reflux and visited my ENT. I have a past history of GERD and thought I might need to be put back on prescription meds. Since it had been at least a decade since I’d visited my ENT, the physician decided it would be a good idea to do a CAT scan.


I thought nothing of this scan. A week later I received THAT telephone call telling me I had a large tumor on my thyroid; papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). I was totally asymptomatic. Your life changes at that point.


My thyroid was successfully removed after 7 hours on the table. The diseased organ was attached to my trachea with lymph node involvement. After healing up, I underwent Ra-131 treatment. I even made a geek-friendly video of myself post iodine ingestion....playing with geiger counters. This video is linked here.


Now, three years later, a routine sonogram has revealed an enlarged lymph node. Apparently, this condition is common with PTC. Remaining positive at this point is important. I expect a good outcome after my medical team finishes whatever evaluation and treatment is required.


We wish Philip all the best as his team investigate his enlarged lymph node. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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