A Teacher Masquerading as a Thief
What my thyroid has stolen from me & taught: In terms of what my thyroid has stolen, it has stolen nothing. If anything, I have gained an array of knowledge about my (now absent) gland.
Last April I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 20, and had my TT on June 11, 2009. My RAI was in August of 2009. Last year was the toughest year of the 20 I had gone through, but I also received a gift: a clean bill of health.
About three weeks after I had the surgery I was on a plane to Europe to study abroad in London and though I was a little reluctant at first, it was well worth it. I was on T3 at the time so I didn’t “feel” 100%, but the month I was away took my mind off the upheaval my little gland caused. I gained cultural perspective and I met some pretty awesome people. Not bad for a only having surgery a few weeks prior!
My absent thyroid has taught me to also appreciate life and all around give myself to people. Sometimes I think it takes something life changing in order to put life in perspective, and some learn this early in life like I did. I’m now a big advocate for thyroid cancer awareness and even meet with a support group for TC survivors. It seems with this whole ordeal I’ve gained more than I probably would have had I not gone through cancer, and for that, I am grateful.
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