Comment Of The Day: April 6, 2010
Today’s column, “Life Redefined”, written by Joanna Isbill, Editor Young Adults with Thyroid Cancer, Dear Thyroid wrote about Unlearning Fear. Through a series of abridged “Dear Thyroid Letters”, Joanna shared her fears about thyroid cancer and the process by which she learned to eliminate fear. If you haven’t read it, you must. (Pushy, Schwartz? Of course!)
The comments were OUTSTANDING; from patients with thyroid disorders, to patients with thyroid cancer and thyroid cancer survivors, everyone unplugged their fears, bravely, humorously and beautifully. Thank you.
Today’s comment of the day…
HD In Oregon says: Joanna,
Great letter! Very powerful!
When I woke up at night with throat pain from radiation treatment (because my medication wore off, and the new pain pill had not kicked in yet), I started to listen to inspirational audio tapes (from Dr.Weil or from other authors, some were quite specific about dealing with radiation and/or chemo treatments). I found these tapes very helpful. The forced my mind to “wish and to “visualize” how the cancer cells would leave my body. Quite therapeutic.
But, fear was also a companion. No matter how positive and upbeat I wanted to be, there was always that nagging daemon in the back of my brain, reminding me that thing could go very wrong here. I was never able to entirely stop these thoughts, they creep in. (I had a throat cancer plus thyroid cancer).
Same with aches and pains, or bruises, or insect bite bumps that swell up, ones you had cancer, those things always will make you wonder? Is it benign or sinister again?
Joanna, I hope you conquered your fear most of the time.
HD in Oregon