How Many Letters Does it Take?
To be clear, ladies, you are free to write as many Dear Thyroid letters as you need/want to. Healing is a long and grueling process, the road back to our lives is not linear. Rather, it is fraught with unforeseen switchbacks, steps forward, sure, but many steps backwards, too. We encourage you to write as many letters as it takes; there is no limit to how many you can submit.
Speaking for myself [Katie], I have written hundreds of letters, mostly hate letters. I aspire to write, “We’re in this together, now, let’s learn to live side-by-side” letters. I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to write a love letter. Though, as my ma says, “Expect nothing, and stay open to everythingÃ¢â‚¬. Anything is possible.
In the beginning (right after the time of my [Liz’s] Hashimoto’s diagnosis), my thyroid-related writing tended to be hate letters not directly written to the gland itself, but to the world, because, again, I was mad at everyone and everything; it was just too unfair and painful and sad (as you all know too well). As I’ve grieved my former self, and matured in this disease and life, my thy-writing now tends to come from a hopeful, I-will-beat-you, I-will-win sort of a place. And yes, maybe it’s just naivety speaking, but it’s also very honest. It’s the only thing I know.
Ladies, the floor is yours. We are all ears and eyes