Stephanie Arbogast was working at the MHCC Family Practice Clinic when her colleague Carey Lake, Nurse Practitioner at MHCC, happened to notice a swelling in her neck. “My family does have a history of thyroid issues,” Stephanie says. “So I had some lab work done, which came back fine. But just to be sure, I had an ultrasound, and it showed a nodule on the left side of my thyroid.”
A biopsy could not determine for sure if the nodule was benign. As a result, Stephanie needed a surgical consultation and went to see Dr. John Lumb, a general surgeon with Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. “I was super nervous and worried,” Stephanie says. “I just wanted the nodule removed at that point. But after talking to Dr. Lumb, I felt a million times better. He explained everything to me in a way that was very reassuring and made me feel more comfortable and confident. We decided to have the nodule removed.”
Three weeks after her surgery, Stephanie started taking medication for Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid. She started feeling better almost immediately.
“I’m forever grateful to Dr. Lumb,” Stephanie says. “He and his team are absolutely amazing. I’m also so grateful to my colleague, Carey, for pointing the concern out to me and encouraging me to have it checked out. I recommend Memorial Hospital of Carbon County because everyone that helped me during my journey there was so amazing and caring!”