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I'm Too Young For This Shit, Thyroid!

Post Published: 25 September 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Rebekah McAlindanThyroid Patient, Thyroid disease, thyroid patients writing letters to their thyroids, Dear Thyroid

Dear Thyroid,

Just over two years I’ve been sick but the doctor’s only established recently that it was you. I never understood why I woke up feeling like shit every single day, so even though I think you’re crap, I guess it’s also kind of nice to know what’s going on. Don’t worry though; I still think you’re a turd.

At almost 17, I have other things to worry about besides you – don’t know if you realise that. But this diagnosis does explain a lot of things, like losing all this weight for one and being crazy and hyperactive one moment and ready to scream into my pillow the next.

I wish so badly that I could say that I’m not scared of you, but that would be lying. It’s not that I want to keep you, but I’m scared of what it will be like if they remove you, scared of what it would be like to have something that has been a part of me for so long gone, just like that.

I know I have to figure you out though. To overcome all this crap that you’re throwing my way, I have to know every single detail about you, learn your weaknesses and your strengths, take away your power that you think you have over me. Otherwise if I don’t, I’m going to start to sink.

Sorry in advance dear thyroid, but I’m going to win.

Yours Sincerely,


(Bio) — At almost 17 years of age, Rebekah lives in Australia and has had more blood tests than days she has attended school. She hopes to one day wake up feeling like a normal teenager and you can read more of her writing,  here.

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12 Responses to “I'm Too Young For This Shit, Thyroid!”

  1. Bee says:

    First comes the diagnosis, then the denial ,then the anger ,then the research then you begin to realize that you’re just making yourself crazy sick with an overload of info and lack of immediate response from prescribed meds…the most important thing I can pass along to you is learning the Art of Patience….because everyone of us wants to feel better now and with this illness it just won’t happen—so be patient , learn, but most importantly learn how to live again

  2. lizschau says:

    oh Miss Rebekah, how i love your writing! you’ve got talent girl. for sure.

    you _can_ and _will_ make the best of it all — disease or not. you ARE too young for this shit, but you’re also in the good/great/amazing place to learn all you can about your disease while you’re still young, because it will benefit you in your future. (which, by the way, is gonna be so fucking bright).


  3. anita says:

    hey rebekah! yep, too young and it sux. but i hear the sounds of strength in you. besides, you gals from oz are the bomb. you WILL get it sorted and will kick it’s ass into submission. i know it.

  4. Pam says:

    Hugs!!! Check out Rebekeh’s blog, everyone! She is awesome. 🙂 xoxo

  5. queenofoptimism says:

    BEAUTIFUL letter! You ARE too young for this shit. Hugs to you!! I didn’t know you had a blog. Going to check out now!

  6. Catherine says:

    I’ll never stop loving you 😀

    Glad you know a little more about what’s going on at least…

    Stay strong and don’t ever give up.


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