About Ola Jagielska

Ola Jagielska is an ESL teacher, language enthusiast and co-author of this blog. She speaks five languages and is striving for more. She loves traveling, reading and drinking good coffee.

An Expat’s Battle With Thyroid Cancer – Part 3Attempting to get radiotherapy in China

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Thyroid Cancer: Part 3/3

For the past two weeks, I’ve blogged about my story about thyroid cancer. I found out about it in China and I considered having removed there, but eventually decided to return to Poland for the operation. In this final post in the series, I discuss why I decided not to have the radiotherapy in China and where I finally did it. Read on to discover more. […]

An Expat’s Battle With Thyroid Cancer – Part 2Acting on news of thyroid cancer in China

Thyroid Cancer: Part 2/3

To be honest, I don’t remember clearly that Friday morning when I received the message about my thyroid cancer. I remember being strangely calm for the most of the time, distant from myself, as if this wasn’t really happening to me. Without uttering a word, I handed Chris (my husband) my phone. I thought it better he read it himself. […]

An Expat’s Battle With Thyroid Cancer – Part 1You never know what's going to happen

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Thyroid Cancer: Part 1/3

On December 4th 2015, I got a message containing one of the scariest of words possible: cancer. Thyroid cancer, in fact. My friend had just translated my thyroid biopsy results. I’d asked him to do so, because the hospital had handed me a slip of paper I didn’t understand. I certainly didn’t expect this news. Let me backtrack a moment. […]