Thyme For Literary Healing: Forced Reinvention’s Impact on Thyroid Patients, Their Families and Friends
As thyroid patients, we are forced into reinventions, mentally and physically. Our minds are gifted with octopus tentacles lacerating our craniums and rearranging our memories or eradicating them, sending our emotions on “Phantom’s Revenge“, and our bodies into mega sized muffins or anorectic French fries. Too many of us endure hair loss, brittle bones, additional autoimmune conditions, and radically change our dietary lifestyle. What fun?!
Frequently, without meaning to, we alienate our family and friends. In some cases, we think we’re doing them a favor by keeping our moods away from them. Or, we can’t bear the sight of ourselves. Or…?
Marriages are obliterated. Dating is a terrifying proposition. How do I explain my disease? Do I have to? If we have children, we’re riddled in guilt for…?
Friendships fall to the wayside, because phone calls trump face-to-face contact. What will they think of the new me? Why or how do I explain it? Do I really want to deal with all of those friggin questions?
Sex, you mean I have lady parts (or) man parts? That’s news to me. Or, can I ravage you and run flee after my orgasm?
Each of our stories are different as well as the impact to ourselves, families and friends. Today, in Thyme for a Literary Healing, let’s discuss it. No stone should be left unturned. Some of us feel downright brutalized and victimized by our diseases. We need to get it out. No matter how scary it is; maybe by sharing it with each other, we’ll each reclaim a teeny tiny bit of ourselves.
Ready? Set? Write!
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