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Friday July 19th 2019


Love Thyself

Post Published: 13 November 2009
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Thyroid patient letters, Dear Thyroid, Jess Burnquist

Dear Thyroid,

It is becoming very clear to me how happy you are to be noticed. You have been seeking attention for quite some time, and you take that business seriously, what with the attacks on thought patterns, body weight, energy levels and voice audibility. It certainly is easy to understand why others like me want to beat your ass. Here’s the kicker—I don’t. In fact, I’d like to take you to dinner and a movie. Let’s make out.

I love you, silly. I love that you have worked so hard to make me understand the difference between feeling good, just okay, and awful. I love that by making me hoarse for more than a year, I learned about charkas and color therapy. There were shopping sprees in blue. Blue pendants, blue shirts, blue socks, blue bracelets simply because a woman I met in passing shared that shades of blue are healing to the throat. (The line was drawn at blue eye shadow. There are limits.) Shortly after the blue-period began, a dear friend mentioned the 205th Chakra. When one does not say what is truly meant, or is creativity stifled, the voice is both literally and metaphorically lost. I love you for the language I’ve since found. I love that you force me into a greater awareness of now, whether at mealtime, playtime or bedtime. How many people walk this world without pausing to truly see it? Feel it?

I love you because I am considering what I feed myself, my family, and am turning into a damn good cook. No one saw that coming. I love you because for years I thought I was afraid of things like flying, driving, at times even socializing. Oh, the fits you threw when the doctors diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder. You finally made them listen. I love you because you are not breast cancer, or lupus. I love you because you are becoming more and more manageable, and when you’re contrary, there are ways;

I love you because you have only grown one nodule, and one water-filled cyst. I love you because you are responding to medication. I won’t lie. It’s taken me a long time to love you. There were impulses to kick your ass wide open, really. Not anymore. I don’t want to kick your ass, and I’m pretty sure you never wanted to kick mine—unless the kick was meant to reveal that my perceived flaws are simply side effects, and that my art is directly related to my health. My decisions to teach and write are healthy ones, even if not financially sexy. So—here’s a little locker room slap on your ass. By loving you, I’ve accepted myself, and I think we’re finally in it to win it. Go team.

~ Jess Burnquist

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12 Responses to “Love Thyself”

  1. Regina says:

    What an awesome way to look at things! I feel better after reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. dearthyroid says:

    Hey Regina;

    That’s exactly how I felt.

    Take Care,

  3. yodat/jody says:

    I <3 you Jess! What a beautiful letter. It is true – we should love ourselves no matter what. Thanks for reminding me of such a lovely thing.

  4. yodat/Jody says:

    I <3 you Jess! What a beautiful letter. You are totally right we should love ourselves no matter what. Thanks for reminding me!

  5. Jess Burnquist says:

    Oh, thank you all forever! And, in all honesty, I’m not this positive every ding-dong day–still, if we hate what’s inside of us, then in some way, we are directing negative energy toward ourselves… I’m so grateful for this community!xoxo

  6. katie says:

    Yodat Jody;

    Beautiful comment, totally agreed.

    I felt so inspired by this yarn.

    Great work.


  7. katie says:


    Of course, you’re human. You’re going to have good days and bad days, to be sure. You made some wonderful points about self-love. Speaking for myself, I struggle with this, so I really appreciated it.


  8. Robyn says:

    I feel so un-evolved to still harbor such resentment at my thyroid! Kudos to you for being so nice to it! I totally get the whole “it’s making me act healthier” vibe, me too. Shit. I may have to thank my thyroid after all…..nah. Keep up the positive energy, we all could use some!

  9. amy says:

    Very lovely letter! It is true. My thyroid got my attention as well. It is all about making positive choices now. And, yeah there are those days when you want to quit but with this kind of attitude they are far and few between! Thanks! Blessings to you!

  10. lori says:

    I couldn’t have said it better. That was a beautiful letter!

  11. Jess Burnquist says:

    Thanks Amy, and Lori!

  12. Lolly says:


    What a great way to look at things loving you’re thyroid and why shouldn’t you!! It’s a big part of you even if it isn’t functioning right, you’re going to have good and bad days but at least you know who the culprit is.

    I didn’t know how much I was inlove with ThyLolly till it was gone.
    Awesome letter I loved it.


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