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Thryme and Punishment or Not

Post Published: 04 August 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Unwanted Thyroid;

Every morning I awoke with you pulsating in my neck; Yeah you!! The diseased organ I use to know nothing about, and then suddenly, you became the bane of my existence.

My antibodies that loved your presence in my neck, hounded me daily. The butterfly rash was somewhat — NOT — a fashion accessory.   Neither was the goiter that would stick out from my once slim line neck. Why did you do this to me!?!

You made me so angry. My anxiety was sky high, and,  unfortunately, before they noticed you were up to your tricks, I also had a diagnosis of OCD. Yep, and you did that to me. Why did you have to do this to my body and break down my immune defenses?!

Before you, I was not at the doctor’s office every couple of weeks, nor did I need pin cushion joints, created by the constant requirement for blood tests.

I wasted precious nights that I could have been sleeping, thinking about how to get rid of you and the risks attached to the surgery.   Full of anxiety, I tried to fight with you constantly.   Until, I finally realized that you were not going to rule my life. I was not going to let you.

Now, you’re gone, and all that’s left of you is a scar.  But, somehow, I don’t care about that, in fact I’m rather proud of my war wound. I would rather have a scar to remind me of your absence, than a butterfly rash and crazy symptoms you put me through. You stopped my life for 2-years and now I need to take tablets for the rest of my life.

I will thank you for one thing; bringing new friends into my life that are going through similar issues. Without them, I wouldn’t be at a happier place I am.

My life is good now, and it will continue to be!

Thank you for making me appreciate life more.


(Bio) I’m,  Rebecca, I’m 23 and I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease,  when I was 19. It’s been a long journey, but the knowledge I,  have gained about me and thyroid disease,  has been invaluable.

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14 Responses to “Thryme and Punishment or Not”

  1. Rachel C. says:


    Thanks for your letter! We were both diagnosed young- you younger then me(25), but I can understand how you feel robbed of some of your supposed to be “best” years. I too, had mine removed (6 weeks ago). How do you feel today? You sound strong, which is always an inspiration to everyone here. Thank you again for your letter-another soldier in the Thyroid Army is still standing, while your thyroid is dead and gone!

  2. Rebekah says:


    Man oh man can I sympathise with you – pretty much similar situation, doctor’s are pretty sure I have Graves’ too and I am 17.I’m undergoing tests right now.

    I’m super glad that you are so willing to share your story so thank you so much for that. I also feel very encouraged by your positve attitude. Stay safe and stay happy 🙂

    Bek xo

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