Why We Write and Submit Letters To Our Thyroids
The idea of writing a letter to a body part or an MIA body part seems; well, odd; at least it did to me until (at the many heights of my disease) writing to my thyroid was one of a handful of things that saved me.
Our tales of life in the Gland Canyon need to be told in as many letters as we feel it takes.
We spend so much time talking about our glands, to our doctors, friends, family and ourselves.
We never actually talk to them, and let them know what they’ve done to us good or bad, regardless of incident; telling our gland, essentially our disease what it has done to us or for us, or taken from us, or given to us, is both cathartic and healing; for ourselves and our fellow members of the Jacked Thyroid Club.
We learn from each other. We realize that we’re not as alone as we thought we were. Our symptoms, though frightening and isolating to us, are removed from the closet and dropped into the world where they belong.
When we share our comments about each letter and when authors of letters respond to those comments, we grow as a community.
Letters and comments remind us of our strength, our ability to persevere and engage about something that has forever changed our lives. Additionally, our letters and comments create awareness for thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers.
When we share our stories, we put our doctors on notice; by extending gratitude for the good work they’ve done, or telling them where they’ve failed us. Similarly, when we come together, we are that much closer to attaining a greater good; hopefully lobbying for funds for a cure for thyroid autoimmune diseases and thyroid cancers, as well as funding for research and education to improve OUR QUALITY OF LIVES and educate those who don’t even know they have a thyroid problem, but are barely surviving, desperate to figure out what the hell is wrong with them.
As Mary Shomon wrote on Thyroid Awareness Month: “59 million Americans have thyroid problems, it turns out that the majority of you who have a thyroid problem don’t even know it yet!. You haven’t been diagnosed. You’re not being treated. You may not even know what or where the thyroid is!”
On that note: Write your hearts out! Submit Dear Thyroid Letters, poems, haikus, songs, paragraphs, whatever you want, and as many literary things as you want to submit. Bring us together. Fight for change and drag yourself kicking and screaming out of the thyloset. If you’re not ready to write a letter, share your thyroid story in pictures.
Update: As a community, we have written over 80MM words. Keep writing and let’s hit another 80MM words and more. WOW… That took my wig off.