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Who Needs a Prom Dress When You Have Thyroid Disease?

Post Published: 02 October 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Thyroid,

Now you see, this is just getting thydiculas. I wish you would just think about what you are doing for a second. This is only causing you pain by making my brain stay up all night, and now my immune system can’t fight off the back to school’ cold, because she is too busy dealing with you. My grandma has found the quote, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” and this is a great example of the thyation out there. We are joining together, you know that?

Even though I’m supposed to be some thoughtless teenager (which is why you choose to attack me), I have been gaining knowledge about your weaknesses, and so are the others. And I know I have to thank you for a lot: for keeping in check for the first 14 years of my life. So, what went wrong? I never meant to hurt you and neither did my immune system; it’s just confused (you know it didn’t do well in school). Maybe you could tutor it? This could be the start of a wonderful friendship. You know?

Now, looking back I am trying to remember the start of our “Relationship” you first showed yourself by way of a goiter and we thought it might just be an iodine deficiency, or something else. Then they had you sonogram-ed and they poked me with needles (I hate needles) and came to the conclusion that I had Hashimoto’s and that my immune system was bullying you (how awful. Did I mention I was picked on in junior high a lot? So I can tell you, thyroid that this is nothing compared to those three years) and to stay ahead of the crowd you decided to freak out! Which meant shrinking the space were oxygen, food, and speech pass though! Now I know it’s not your fault, but it could be. It’s probably half immune system and half yours (you probably provoked my immune system).

I wonder how long you are going to try and fight my immune system. Another year? Two? Fifty? I wish you would give up, or ask my immune system to; it just hangs up on me (how high school), can’t it just grow up, right? I know that this is the beginning but just so you know, I AM fighting you just as hard as you are fighting me, or maybe even harder, with the help of my new friends (Katie, Liz, and Bek) I will stop you. You know It’s true, because I am two steps ahead. And we will be seeing an endo soon, and they will be very helpful too. And we will gossip for hours behind your back and make jokes, just like how you and immune system do to me (I know you are thyimes) trying to bring me down. But you never know, you could be the victim here and I am sorry if you are but, I have to watch out for my self. Do you think goiter is behind it all?

May the best organism win (I’m bigger than you),


(Bio) I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s at 15, and now 17 and starting my senior year of high school. Even though I struggle, like most, I am still trying to be a normal teen. I am and writer and editor of my school paper. I hope someday to become an elementary school principle. I also hope for love this year, like most teenage girls, even though my weight changes as much as the shoes I wear. My greatest wish is to go though and entire day without a nap.

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22 Responses to “Who Needs a Prom Dress When You Have Thyroid Disease?”

  1. amy says:

    Madison, how hard it must be to be diagnosed with hashi’s at 15!(I was 25 when diagnosed) But I applaud you for your strength! And your Gma is right-What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger! I hope that you have a blessed senior year!

  2. Robyn says:

    What a great, articulate letter. Surely you have great things ahead of you, despite your Hashi’s.

  3. Cyndi Woodruff says:

    It SUCKS that you were diagnosed so young!! To be tired and needing naps at your age is just not fair. Stupid thyroid. Stupid immune system.

    The best thing, though, is that you found Liz and Kate and this wonderful site!! You’ll have enough thysistas you’ll be sick of us!! In fact, most of us with be ‘motherly’ towards you, so watch out!!

    Get your rest, take your meds, watch your diet and try to exercise. Even meditation. With your diet—try getting rid of gluten! I feel SO much better having done that.

    You need us? We’re here for you, girl!!!!!!!!

  4. Bee says:

    Madison- I’m not goingto say I’m sorry because that just wouldn’t do you any good-but I will say I’m so very proud of you for your positive additude in dealing with your diagnosis…you sound like you are 2 steps ahead of the game and we are all here to support you—much success on your journey, i’m sure you’ll fight the good fight—and on the days you need to, fight dirty—

  5. Lolly says:


    I second what everyone else has said, you have the right positive attitude to stay one step ahead of your thyroid, and I can see there is plenty of support around you to guide you through every step of the way, for one so young, you certainly have a good head on your shoulders. My grandmother used to say the same thing, a she spooned cod liver oil down my throat.

    Lovely letter I wish you all the best on your journey ahead.

  6. just me says:

    I was diagnosed with Graves at 16, also an autoimmune thing. Being a teenager is challenging enough, no ones needs the randomness of thyroid disease thrown in there. I’m still terrified of needles.

    Good luck with everything, stay strong – and you are on such a great track with writing. 🙂

  7. Ben says:

    Keep on nappin’ sista! Because you can’t out-dose ‘um (with stimulant meds) and you can’t over look um’.

    When the nap time comes a knockin’, the eye balls start a rockin’.

    Hang in there Grasshopper…

    Ben, Lupus Life Partner

  8. dearthyroid says:

    Everybody, “Ben” is Katie’s brother, please say “Hi”. BEN, WELCOME! It’s great to see you around Dear Thyroid.


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