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Never Was A One-Girl Kind of Thyroid

Post Published: 25 March 2010
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(Written by Nina, Thyroid Cancer Patient)

Dear Nina,

I am sorry we parted amidst such bad feeling. I truly regret the way I made you feel and if only . . . .

Our love hate relationship kept me driving in the fast lane, I knew that I could bring your love back when I impressed all your friends with the “lose 42 lbs in three weeks diet!,   Wow, you looked so great in those teeny weenie clothes. I regret the times I sent you out of control and depressed but couldn’t resist just showing you who was in charge. As much as I knew how I tore you apart not knowing or being able to control who you were. I always went for the mean and moody type so to see you so made my love for you stronger. I know I pushed us too far when I sent you into crisis (thyroid storm) whilst you were meant to be enjoying your holiday with your other family. I didn’t mean to try and kill you.

I feel sad that you still felt we should divorce even when I behaved (most of the time) over the holidays and I fought to stay with you. A shame that darn surgeon was so good, but I did manage to make him spend another three hours than planned trying to part us!,   I now know you have since found out I was also cheating on you, I never was a one girl kind of thyroid and when that sexy cancer walked into my life I just had to invite her in, I know you’ll understand that this was just me making sure I had the last word.

I sit here after being picked over by the geeks in toxicology knowing that I have taken part of you and hoping that just maybe you’ll forgive me and as sad as it makes me feel, hope you enjoy your life without me, I’m sure I will linger if only in your thoughts when you look in the mirror and see your second smile.

It was fun

x

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15 Responses to “Never Was A One-Girl Kind of Thyroid”

  1. Hypogirl says:

    Bye Bye Nina’s Thyroid!

    Nina, great letter.

  2. Dear Thyroid says:

    Right, HG? Loved it.

    This is such a gorgeous paragraph; riddled in subtext that makes me want to dig deeper into my own thybacle.

    Here it is: I sit here after being picked over by the geeks in toxicology knowing that I have taken part of you and hoping that just maybe you’ll forgive me and as sad as it makes me feel, hope you enjoy your life without me, I’m sure I will linger if only in your thoughts when you look in the mirror and see your second smile.

    What resonated the most for you, HG?

  3. Joanna says:

    Wow. I love this letter. I also really love the last paragraph. Two things from this paragraph really resonate with me: “…I have taken part of you…” and “…I’m sure I will linger if only in your thoughts…”

    Thyroid cancers and diseases really can and do steal a part of us. They take a piece of us without asking permission. And it’s hard to come to terms with that, accepting who we are and redefining ourselves with that piece missing.

    Thyroid cancer is forever in my thoughts. Sometimes in the back of my mind, sometimes right in the front. I can’t be certain, but I don’t think that will ever change.

    Thank you, Nina, for this great letter! I hope your life is so much better sans thyroid and that everyday is a step forward!

    xo,
    Joanna

  4. amy says:

    Very cleverly written! I really liked these two lines:
    I regret the times I sent you out of control and depressed but couldn’t resist just showing you who was in charge. As much as I knew how I tore you apart not knowing or being able to control who you were.

    It makes me think that if I had know a bit more about my thyroid I would have taken better care of it…Thanks Nina!

  5. Sarah says:

    I liked “I’m sure I will linger if only in your thoughts when you look in the mirror and see your second smile.”

    I joked that when they cut my cancerous thyroid out that it was thrown in a dumpster somewhere. I wanted to blow it up, but I never actually got to do that.

  6. Hypogirl says:

    What most resonated with me was really the whole thing. The idea a small gland being sorry for all the trouble it caused? yea right. More likely that it’s at fault for all those things.

    Nina writes beautifully and it really gave me a cartoony picture of this little sad thyroid. Gave me the chuckles. Anything that gives me the chuckles is good – but I am also easy to please. 🙂 The paragraph that DT pulls out was what really did it for me. “geeks in technology” brilliant!

  7. HD inOregon says:

    Hello Nina,

    Great new point of view! Well written! Thanks!

    I wonder what my thyroid would have to say to me. And then I wonder if my thyroid would write to me in English or German?

    Gute Gesunheit! (Be well!)
    😉

    HD in Oregon

  8. Dear Thyroid says:

    Joanna;

    I love what you wrote regarding thyroid cancers and diseases taking a piece of us because it’s so true. Without invitation or so much as a memo, they skulk into our lives and forever change us.

    Beautiful support.

    xo

  9. Dear Thyroid says:

    Amy – With so little awareness, how are we to know what a thyroid is, much less what it does?! All of that is such a shame. I feel you so hard when you say “had I known”. I’m in a very similar place. I wish… I coulda, shoulda, woulda.

    Great support for Nina

  10. Dear Thyroid says:

    Oh, Sarah;

    I so relate to what you are saying… Had I gone the thyroidectomy route, I would’ve begged for my thyroid to chop it and set it aflame.

    I wonder why our doctors won’t give us our glands post thyroidectomy. It could prove to be a positive step towards healing, right?

    Beautiful support.

  11. Dear Thyroid says:

    HypoG, I LOVED when you said this: yea right. More likely that it’s at fault for all those things.

    We need awareness so badly, which speaks to your wonderful point. If we could connect our own ‘symptoms dots’, we would know “a-ha, it’s our thyroid”.

    Love your support.

  12. Dear Thyroid says:

    HD – You are so awesome…

    Great support, love

  13. Lolly says:

    Great letter Nina, I hope you got a good settlement when you divorced your thyroid me I was left with nothing just the big old smile.
    I wish you well cancer free and regulated thyroid levels great letter.

    Lolly

  14. Nina says:

    Thank you all for your supportive comments, I didn’t realise who just simply writing your feelings down could make you feel so much better. After finding this site I started writing a blog through out my ups (yes there were one or two!) and my many downs. I have always used humor as a crutch to support me through difficult times and to deal with things I honestly didn’t know I could deal with. I never published my blog, but feel quite chuffed that my letter made it to the dizzy heights of Dear Thyroid and even more impressed that is resonates with others. Thanks for your comments and let’s keep on helping each other take the next step and hang on to our humor and our smiles!

    Hugs, Nina x x x

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