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Thyroidectomized Letter of Sadness

Post Published: 30 June 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Thyroid,

I miss you so much, life without you has been absolutely horrid. Please forgive me as I had no idea just how important a gland you were, until you were gone. It really wasn’t my fault though. I hope you can understand that. It was a side-effect of the radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma that damaged you so much. I do so appreciate you hanging in there for as long as you did. I know it must have been hard to keep doing your job after so much damage was done. I know you did your best to hang in there as long as you did, but boy oh boy do I wish you were here. You and I made a great team and I miss you more than I could ever express in words.

Since that surgeon cut you out almost 5 years ago, I have not been able to get myself regulated on medication. Not to mention the 25 lbs I gained after you left me. Without you, I haven’t been able to lose it.   How foolish of me to think that a series of replacement medication could possibly accomplish what you did.   You were expert at your job and knew exactly how to regulate me. These pills are a far cry from what you did for me. I truly have not felt good since you’ve been gone and I wish things could have been different. If I had known the radiation treatment would cause so many long-term side effects, perhaps I would have decided against it. I was young, and just followed the doctor’s advice. You can’t blame me for that, can you?

I don’t even know where you are right now. Is there a thyroid utopia? You were so good to me for so long that you do deserve to be in utopia. I do wish there was such a thing as a thyroid transplant, as I would be first in line for one. I don’t want to hurt your feelings regarding a transplant. Even if they could do it, you will always be my first thyroid, my first love. I will never forget you and what you did for me.

Thanks again for hanging in there for so long. I’ll love you forever and,  will miss you until the day I die.

Love always,
Jeannette Laframboise
thyroidless and missing you! XXX000

(Bio),   Jeannette Laframboise was as a,  community nurse for 20 years.  ,  A few health,  issues began,  following a total thyroidectomy almost 5 years ago. November of 2007 a,  severe workplace back injury resulted in chronic pain & disability to the point of never being able to work as a nurse again. Focus is now on writing and attempting to cope at the loss of a job that was beloved…

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10 Responses to “Thyroidectomized Letter of Sadness”

  1. hmhrn says:

    What a beautiful letter with great insight into another side of thyroid disease!!

  2. Kathy says:

    First of all, thank you for having the radiation therapy. If you didn’t and you weren’t here, we’d never get to meet you through your wonderful letter. One can feel and see through your words that you were and still are a damned good nurse. So caring and empathetic. Keep writing the words that will bring you healing. Too bad there isn’t adopt a thyroid or rent a ‘roid to get us back on the path of feeling better. Til then, let’s stick together on this rocky road and help hold one another up.
    Happy Birthday, Jeannette, and…don’t forget to make a wish!!

  3. Pam says:

    Great post, Jeannette. Happy belated birthday! I’m sorry to hear about your back injury (as if thyroid problems weren’t enough!)

    Wishing you all the best,

  4. Pam says:

    I think a positive attitude is very important. 🙂

    Take care,

  5. Trina says:

    OH I soooo hear you!! I miss my thyroid daily. I have a great scar where it used to be and hopefully one day soon Ill be able to say “thats where cancer USED to be”.

    Thank you for your letter

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