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You Thytrocious, Thyle of Crap, I’m a Teenager

Post Published: 07 August 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Thyroid,

I am 17! Why am I inside my house feeling dizzy and grumpy, when I should be out with friends?! Why do I have to cancel every outing with my friends, because my body decides to attack you?! When will I be able to go out without you trying to ruin my night?!

Look what you have done; I stayed home all weekend because you didn’t want to work. I’m tired, not only because of you, but at you, because you won’t choose whether to be hyper or hypo, because I’m afraid to tell any new people I meet. I told one of my best friends about you last week, he said you are selfish.

I have missed swim meets, deadlines, and dress rehearsals caused by you. I stopped acting because my immune system wants you out of my body, but you are just as stubborn as I am. You can’t just leave my family or friends, or me, alone.

I couldn’t get off the couch this weekend because of you! I missed babysitting because of you. I missed going on a “day road-trip” with my friends because of you.

Guess what, tomorrow, you are going to get all of the attention once again. It’s time for our semi-annual blood test. Maybe you’ll cooperate this time and show the doctors something better than chronic fluctuations.

Maybe by my senior year in high school, I won’t have to deal with stupid drama, braces, or YOU!

You have taken away the past year or so of my life and you won’t drain this one of laughs, energy and smiles that I have missed so much.

P.S. Dear Thyroid, Jake, Alex, Ale, Mom, Bill, Xochi, and ALL my other friends HATE you, too, and think you are just plain mean.

Yours Truly,

Madison M.

(Bio) To find out more about Madison,   follow her on, Facebook and check out her blog, Senior Year with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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19 Responses to “You Thytrocious, Thyle of Crap, I’m a Teenager”

  1. annie5050 says:

    I love your pin-up girls!

  2. Madison – I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism when I was the same age as you – It’s seriously crap I know – I later found out that it was Hashimotos and even today at the age of 38 – It still hasn’t fully decided whether it wants to settle down or not

    Hope is there – I’ve been to University, been a Mum twice despite supposedly being infertile – if that was infertile – I should have stopped falling off that damm log! I hold down a good job and enjoy life/

    I can’t do everything I want to – I get tired very easily if I don’t pace myself (which is more often than not tbh), I struggle with my weight – If only I’d known at 17 that this was going to be my major issue – I would have taken more care but I was 17!

    Life goes on regardless of what your thyroid has in store for you – don’t let the bloody thing stop you from where you want to go or what you want to do – Allowing it to handicap you means its winning

    Of course there will be days – when you just want to say – F*ck You to the world and stay home and eat cookies – Just remember there are other days when you can take on the world

    All my love


  3. Kathy says:

    Madison, you rock! And, this year you will NOT miss out. Laughs, energy and smiles are going to be your medicine and the way that you are going to get even with your thyrocious thyroid. Every day, find one thing to laugh about. Burn some energy, even it is throwing old plates on the ground when you are pissed off. Then, think “Aha damned thyroid, take that!”, and you will surely smile! Keep writing, girl..it helps SO much!

  4. Moony says:

    I so feel with you! I may not be a teen anymore (I am 23, and I got diagnosed a year ago), but I have got friends complaining the whole time as well when I say that I am too tired to go out and do something. Since school just completely wires me out.

    *hugs* Hope you feel better soon!

  5. peach says:

    just want to say I feel your pain, I was diagnosed when I was 14. the problem with me though I went on for about a year, thinking maybe it was a normal teenager thing to just want to sleep from after school 3pm till 7 am the next day. I think I slept for an entire year, finally had the thyroid checked and now I’m 29 and I feel like Im just starting to understand it. I’m eating healthier and most times literally FORCING myself to go for walks and bike rides even though I dont’ feel like it, taking lots of vitamins, b, e, d and selenium to help with it’s function and it’s seems to all be helping make me feel better.
    I was so young and I didn’t know any better about it and how to help it. I thought, I could trust the doc and if they said “your normal” I was supposed to be feeling ok – don’t trust them, even though they have had like years of med school they are not always right. find a doc who will listen and do whatever makes you feel better. Also try to watch your weight, I know as a kid I could eat anything, but it caught up to me and the higher your weight and the harder your thyroid has to work then just making you fall into a pile of shit again. It is always having good days and bad days, feeling crazy, and that no one understands, it’s all not in your head, so many others feel the same way!
    It sucks, but I am slowly learning to live with it, One day at a time! and it sucks some days.
    all the best!

    p.s. I LOVE the pin up girls!! they are so cute and they make me smile! Nothing like having the support of great girl friends!!

  6. Rebekah says:

    Hey Lovely 🙂

    I’m 17 too! So let me assure you that I completely understand where you are coming from – like you, I cannot find the energy to go and do all the stuff that normal teenagers do on a day to day basis. Keep writing, keep smiling – I’m always here if you need to vent 🙂


  7. Madison says:

    Thank you all for your thytasic advice!!!

  8. katie Schwartz says:

    Your comments and outpouring of support for Madison takes my breath away. Youse are amazing, you know that?!


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