I have excellent individual health insurance. But because of my $1,000 deductible, and I felt so great, I neglected seeing my doctor for yearly physicals. Then I read that preventative medicine, including the annual physical, was now covered because of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, so I made an appointment.
During the examination, my doctor became suspicious of the way my thyroid felt and ordered more tests. A biopsy confirmed cancer.
During the operation, they removed the thyroid and discovered that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, so they removed them, too. I'm feeling great now, but I'm not out of the water.