Thyroid Poetry by Sarah Downing
You crept up on me you SOB
Destroyed my life as it used to be
Accused of laziness because I’m tired
A symptom that this illness has sired
Accused of greed because I’m overweight
But I’m hardly ever hungry; I just caught you too late!
Thanks to you, thyroid, I have Epstein-Barr
With you, Hashimoto’s, I will go far
My adrenals conked out a long time ago
My, cortisol’s, sky-high; my metabolism’s low
Well, it seems I’ve been struck by the family curse
And my health is going from bad to worse
It’s not my way to give up and put up
Although some doctors would rather I shut up!
So I found a new doctor
Neufeldt, is his name
Treating thyroids is his game
And that last line is really lame!;-)
Now I have to be patient till he finds the right pill
But that’s bloody hard as I’m feeling quite ill
My whole body aches
The insurance won’t pay
For the necessary chiropractic
Because they say I’m okay
Apparently their doctor knows better than mine
Although he’s never seen me and never touched my spine!
Don’t you think that’s really out of line?
My whole family’s ill, my fiancée, my mother, my sister-in-law and my fiancée’s brother.
It, seem, this disease is more common than we thought
So why on earth is it so rarely caught?
Is it because the doctors aren’t taught
That TSH alone is just not enough
In fact, diagnosis is really quite tough
My fiancée was a prime example
Our old doctor took a blood sample
And said that his thyroid’s functioning was ample
The new doctor took one look at him
Knew something was amiss
Did sonogram and, scintigram
And he could tell from this
That my fiancée was suffering from, thyroiditis
It seems this disease is awfully vicious
And its effects are oh so pernicious.
I wish that the world would become more aware
Because non-diagnosis just isn’t fair
And it sucks even more when doctors don’t care
So I read and I read and I learn and I learn
To help myself and others this disease to spurn