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Going For The Throat: 6 Word Thyroid Monographs

Post Published: 10 February 2010
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Category: Thyroid Health Care & Health Related Issues Column
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Going For The Throat: Written by Robyn Davis Hahn

I was listening to NPR the other day while driving to work when I heard an interesting story. (This is a statement I can make several times a week).   On Talk of the Nation, the creator and editor of Smith Magazine discussed their 4th book, a collection of 6 word memoirs from submissions to the site written by authors known and unknown.   Immediately, this popped into my head:

never the same again.   thanks thyroid

Their idea is not unique.   If you google “6 word” you will find blogs, contests, college exercises, and the like all attempting to boil down the essence of an idea, autobiography, feeling, or story down to just 6 words.   It’s the ultimate short story (my favorite literary art form), a concentrated haiku, a condensed digest, and I am in love.

it all revolves around my throat

The origin of this enterprise is a bet.   (Seriously, could the story get any better?),   In the 1920’s, colleagues of Ernest Hemingway wagered that he could not write a story in just 6 words. Of course, Papa rose to the occasion, and wrote what he allegedly considered to be his best work: For sale: baby shoes, never used.

I couldn’t wait to get pen to paper (or rather, fire up the MacBook) and have thought of little else since.   Dear Thyroid is a literary thyroid disease and thyroid cancer support site, right?,   We have so many fantastic, creative, distressed, soulful, funny, uncertain, and courageous community members–and I am in awe of your letters every week.   Having written a letter myself, I know the catharsis, and the effort that go into them, and we all heal a little with each addition.

I didn’t know I was sick

How would you describe your disease in 6 words?,   Or how your life has changed?  Maybe it’s a feeling or emotion that you can’t shake, or a quiet relief for an official diagnosis.

little white pill, please heal me

My challenge:,   create your 6 word thygraph (thyroid monograph) and either post it in the comment section, on the forum, or email it to me (robyn@dearthyroid.org).  Submit one, or a hundred. Submit one every day!   Next week, Katie, Liz, and I will each choose our favorites, and I’ll ask my husband to choose one as well (a non-thyroid patient perspective).   From these four semi-finalists, one will be chosen at random for a Dear Thyroid T-shirt.

let the thyroid literary games begin!

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174 Responses to “Going For The Throat: 6 Word Thyroid Monographs

  1. Bonnie in OKC says:

    Thyroid, Why have you forsaken me?

  2. Bonnie in OKC says:

    I am dreading another sleepless night!

  3. Hyper-girl says:

    Diffuse toxic goiter–auto-immune disorder!

    (I’m a poet, didn’t know it!)

  4. Hyper-girl says:

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO YOU ALL!!!

  5. Hyper-girl says:

    ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT PLAYING ‘LUXOR MAHJONG’…

  6. Hyper-girl says:

    ANOTHER NIGHT AWAKE…SLEEPLESSNESS—CANT SHAKE

  7. Bonnie in OKC says:

    This has been SO MUCH FUN, YO!!

    Thanks for working my brain, thyfriends…

  8. amy says:

    Why must I fight for normality?

  9. HD inOregon says:

    Thyroid Imbalanced / Thyroid Impatiencent / Thyroid Incarcerated

  10. HD inOregon says:

    ooops, again the fingers slipped, make that:

    Thyroid Imbalenced / Thyroid Impatient / Thyroid Incarcerated

  11. HD inOregon says:

    Steering ship through thyroid fog bank

  12. HD inOregon says:

    Not today honey! Am too tired!

  13. Bonnie in OKC says:

    Have a thycotic, hyperneurotic, mindsucking ‘roid!!!

  14. Erica says:

    Well today sucks here’s to tomarrow

  15. Brooke says:

    I could not have a baby

  16. Bonnie in OKC says:

    Thyroid disease leads to ‘brain drain’…

  17. SHARON says:

    MY 20 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS FINALLY DIAGNOSED WITH HASHIS ONE YEAR AGO AFTER SEEING PHYSICIAN WRONGLY DIAGNOSING FOR 9 MONTHS. SHE HAD EVER HORRIBLE SYMPTOM POSSIBLE. NOT A GREAT WAY TO START OUT YOUR 1ST YEAR AWAY AT COLLEGE. ONE YEAR OF PURE HELL FOR HER. i AM PROUD TO SAY SHE IS BACK AT SCHOOL AND (CROSS OUR FINGERS) FEELING WELL. DROPPED 30 LBS WITH DIET AND EXERCISE. I WANT TO SEND GOOD WISHES EVERYDAY FOR EVERYONE GOING THROUGH THIS. I TELL EVER PERSON ABOUT THE THYROID AND TO TAKE ACTIVE PART IN YOUR CHILDRENS HEALTH. ASK QUESTIONS AND DONT STOP ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY TOLD US FOR 9 MONTHS IT WAS ANXIETY/DEPRESSION/HOMESICKNESS/BEING TO THIN.THEY FINALLY TOOK THYROID TEST WHEN SHE WAS SLEEPING 24 HOURS AND GAINING 60 LBS AND WHEN I TOLD THEM TO TAKE BLOOD TESTS FOR THYROID…..

  18. […] same again. Thanks, Thyroid!”,  A few days later, Robyn opened up the idea to her readers in a Six-Word Thygraph contest that resulted in some really amazing six-worders. Robyn recalls, “We had new visitors, first […]

  19. […] fleeting, and then ceaseless equivalent of a literary ear-worm. ,  I used that muse to write an article, which our followers and community really embraced. ,  In turn, Smith Mag picked up the ball and […]

  20. Justi says:

    Fuck cancer! Live long, and prosper!

  21. Linda B Reed says:

    “Wading through this crap to live!”

  22. Cynthia says:

    One little gland, so many problems. :/

  23. Cynthia says:

    Sorry! Looks like I’m a little slow on the draw. I blame my thyroid. 🙂

  24. Jeff T says:

    Wishing i could feel normal again

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