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Friday December 7th 2018


The Big One-O

Post Published: 03 March 2010
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Thyroid,

Today I logged on to the computer and was reading my usual blogs when I noticed that my cousin’s daughter had written in her blog: “My mother has thyroid cancer.”

Oh dear!

I made sure my aunt had called my cousin, since my aunt had the same type thyroid cancer too and had been through it all and is as fine as ever. My cousin seemed to be was freaking out, and I knew if she talked to my aunt she’d feel a lot better. And then I sent the link to the Dear Thyroid website to my relative to pass along to her mother.

Thyroid, I’m glad you just kind of died on me. That’s preferable to going renegade with cancer, because then I’d have to go thermonuclear on you and, well, you already know we’ve had enough radiation in our lifetimes. So, thanks for that.

I noticed that the previous letter I’d written to you via Dear Thyroid was published just two days ago, on January 22 titled “A Midwinter Thyroid’s Dream”. The date it was published to the website happens to be the 10th anniversary of our little song-and-dance (I do all the singing and dancing and you do nothing, but you know what I mean).


Ten whole years. A full decade. The Big One-O.
Ten years ago this week, my doctor told me “Omigosh your TSH is 23! You have hypothyroidism!” We were just three weeks into a brand spanking new millennium, too. What timing! I’m reluctant to think what would have happened to me had we not been introduced in such an obnoxious way. Things would have grown worse much faster. I might look like I had swallowed a football by now. Or, maybe I’d have gotten so tired I’d have just lied down and slept the rest of my life away. Who knows? You’re still worse for wear after 10 years and over 3,600 pills, but I like to think our little medical truce has saved both of our asses from something we both dread.

What will the next 10 years hold for us? Only time will tell, but at the rate things are going, I don’t feel so hot about it. After all, there were nodules on the ultrasound last Fall, and I’d never had either before. This does not bode well, but I’m still not afraid of you. Nope! Nosiree!

Now, to get my cousin past her fear. Bring it on.

Michael Wilson

(Bio) who has the “nobody knows why” type of hypothyroidism, now celebrating 10 years together!

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6 Responses to “The Big One-O”

  1. Robyn says:

    At least you were able to help out a family member with your knowledge and resources–silver lining? It’s a stretch, but I’m trying to focus on the positive 😉

    I hope you are feeling well, and congrats on your anniversary!

  2. Joanna says:

    Mike, I love your writing! My favorite line in your letter is “I do all the singing and dancing and you do nothing.” Ha! I love it!

    Congratulations on making it through ten years of living with hypothyroidism. Here’s to ten more!

  3. dearthyroid says:

    Robyn – Fabulous point.

    I loved that Mike wrote about his thyversary and remembered it.

    Question for everyone: Do we all remember when we were diagnosed or do we remember how we felt when we were diagnosed?

    I appreciate that Mike has made us a part of his process, and has and continues to share his thyroid stories with us.


  4. dearthyroid says:


    I love Mike’s writing, too. Great line I do all the singing and dancing and you do nothing. Or, kick our asses along the way.

    Agreed… here’s to 10 new years, new stories and new beginnings.


  5. Jessica says:

    I have the “nobody knows why” type of hypothyroidism too. Does it ever get less frustrating?!?! It’s only been a year since my doctor discovered an inkling of a problem and the thought of spending the rest of my life chasing the perfect balance of drugs is depressing and disheartening.

  6. Bee says:

    Wow I’m impressed—you can remember your diagnosis anniversary?! i know I was DX’d around 4 yrs ago but w/ a then TSH of around 40 I had bad short-term memory loss, loss of muscle control and was pretty much blank-stairing husband and dr. while drooling on myself—YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!! don’t you wish you didn’t have to celebrate this anniversay? I know, it is what it is, ,cry me a river , blahblahblah, still sucks tho

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