Two years ago, at the age of 25, Lorna Nickson Brown was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She and her family were taken by surprise as she was a seemingly healthy young woman who didn't exhibit any symptoms of a serious illness.
Little did they know that the signs were hiding in plain sight the whole time.
"My mum noticed a lump on the front left side of my neck. 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 told Indy100.
After going through four months of scans, Lorna had a biopsy which unfortunately confirmed that her thyroid nodule was cancerous.
The actress and producer couldn't believe the diagnosis, "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," she explained. "This isn’t what I thought cancer looked like. The minute you tell people, it’s the cancer face. I didn’t feel ill."
Following the advice of her oncologist John Watkinson, she opted for a partial thyroidectomy so they could remove the cancerous nodule from the left side of her thyroid.
However, that wasn't the end of the treatment for Lorna.