Lorna Nickson Brown was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2015, after the appearance of a lump on the front of her throat.
She has decided to share her story to warn others about this little known symptom of thyroid cancer.
"She thought I lost a bit of weight, but three months later I visited the GP who confirmed that it was a thyroid nodule," she said.
Although thyroid nodules can be harmless, the fact that Lorna's was so large and hard to touch, meant her doctor looked into it further.
After four months of scans, she had a biopsy and the results came back that it was cancerous.
"I felt numb. I didn’t believe it because I felt so well. At the time I was optioned for a Golden Globe-nominated TV series," Nickson Brown recalls.
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"This isn’t what I thought cancer looked like. The minute you tell people, it’s the cancer face. I didn’t feel ill."
Her oncologist decided that she would have a partial thyroidectomy, and the left side of her thyroid was removed.
Lorna posted a photo to Twitter showing the difference in her throat before the lump was removed and after her surgery.
She wrote that her brother took the first photo about year before she was diagnosed with cancer.
— Lorna Nickson Brown (@LornaNBrown) March 1, 2017
She wrote: "Thyroid cancer is a rare cancer and it usually presents itself as a large lump in the front of your neck."
"It is not widely known about. I didn't even know what a thyroid was until I was told I have thyroid cancer. Now I know EVERYTHING about thyroids!"
Lorna has chosen to share her story to help raise awareness of thyroid cancer.
"Please check your neck and look at others around you. most thyroid cysts are benign, but some aren't. Mine certainly wasn't. Get it checked!"
Although Lorna occasionally gets tired, having a part of her thyroid intact means she does not have to take the life-long drug Thyroxine.
And she has been in remission for over a year now.