Bethany Cancer Patient

Bethany persevered and is nearing completion of her master's degree at the University of Missouri at Columbia in reproductive physiology.

Her goal is to someday help women who have become infertile due to cancer treatment.


For Bethany, the fact that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer three years ago is still hard to believe. "I never really felt like I had cancer," says Bethany. With no symptoms but a small lump near her throat, Bethany says it was hard to digest the news that she had cancer because she never really felt sick. "I wasn't sick...I felt healthy and I was able to continue going to school," says Bethany. Bethany's thyroid was removed in two surgeries performed by Bill Lydiatt, MD, head and neck surgical oncologist at The Nebraska Medical Center. This was followed by radiation treatment.