Dear Thyroid, Please Listen To Me!
As you probably know, I’ve been seriously considering running through the streets of rural Massachusetts screaming at night because of you. I can’t help but feel like you’re acting out to punish me. Especially because this year will mark the fourth summer in six years that I am dealing with your unruly madness.
And I know I shouldn’t be so hard on you. I know it’s my immune system that’s the real jerk around here, but I can’t help but blame you for not standing up for yourself. (Did you learn nothing from those videos in health class about self-esteem?!) When my immune system starts pushing you around, I’m begging you not to have a fit. I’m begging you to keep your cool. She’s a schoolyard bully, you know that! Let it go!
I’ve tried satiating your panic with many things: thyroid inhibitors, breathing, yoga, endless soy products, meditation, laughter, biofeedback, more breathing. You know I’ve been trying. So as the six-year anniversary of our struggle approaches, I hope you’ll hear my plea: for the love of God, please calm down.
Your (Exhausted) Hostess,
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