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Be grateful, it’s not cancer. Be grateful, it’s thyroid cancer. Be grateful…

If I hear this one more time, I may very well do the drama diva swan dive off the Golden Gate Bridge.

BE GRATEFUL.

As if we are ungrateful for being gifted our respective diseases, as compared to…

As compared to what?!

Are we unworthy of feeling the landscape of emotions after our minds and bodies are ravaged by disease?

Screw gratitude. Screw the notion that we are not entitled to feel as angry as a tsunami. Screw the notion that we are ungrateful for the people we love and who love us back. In my opinion, this is rhetoric.  Walk the mile, and after, only after, can anyone comment about what it’s like to be in our shoes.

I’m not advocating that we bitch and moan, which I don’t think we do. I’m advocating for permission to feel our feelings, not indulge and wallow in them. Rather, to walk side-by-side with them knowing that we have the courage to persevere, even on days when we don’t think we do or can. This is what I’m advocating.

The next time someone says “Be grateful it’s not cancer. Be grateful, it’s thyroid cancer. Be grateful…” Personally, I’m going to tell them to shove gratitude up their asses so far, it comes out of their mouth.

She’s done pontificating. Onto today’s comments

Benjamin Franklin’s Black Eye, written by Kathleen Taylor, one of our beloved Dear Thyroid epistolary authors. Unabashedly sharing the facts in funny, artistic form; in fact, here’s an excerpt: “Um, the Benjamin Franklin look went out with Benjamin Franklin, thank you very much. Higher than normal blood pressure, cholesterol that a few months ago made my doctors have heart attacks, and my glucose level does more ups and downs than a kid trying to blow up colored condoms with a bicycle pump.”

Today’s comment…

Lolly says:

Kathleen,

I must trying condoms up with a bicycle pump sound like fun.

so pleased you have found a good doctor who will listen now and work with you and that you are no longer scared you have a few issues going health wise along with thyroid. those back eyes so remind me of the days would wake up and couldn’t even open my eyes and people would ask me have you gone 12 rounds with Muhammad Ali I’d say yes and you wanna see what his eyes look like.

I hope you get more sleep now than you have been doing are you used to the Pap mask? COPD isn’t easy to live with either that can affect your joints and breathing well you know all that.

I wish you good or better health and thanks for writing your letter to your thyroid.

Lollyxoxox

Thyroid Mad Libs, Enter! Your Team Will Each Win A $25 iTunes Gift Card – Oh yeah, that’s right, baby! We just kicked off a new literary contest for the remainder of July. Here are the details: “Your task is THYROID MAD LIBS (Thanks to Amanda). Fill in the blanks below and submit it as a Dear Thyroid Letter to submissions@dearthyroid.org. Ask 5 friends with thyroid disease or cancer to do the same and, or family members. The individual who’s team submits the most Dear Thyroid Letters from July 12th through July 31st will each win an $25 iTunes Gift Card!”

Thanks to Amanda’s comment “it is like thyroid mad lib’s!!!”, our contest has a NAME! Thank you so much, Amanda.

You see how creative you are?! All of you are thyilliant. We can’t wait to read your entries.

Multinational THYROID AWARENESS BANDS UPDATE, please check out this post regarding international and some domestic awareness bands that went out. If you are on the “I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY BRACELET” list, please email Kerri.

For those requesting new bracelets, here’s the dish: If you want to order a FREE bracelet (or up to 4), please do! We have so many bracelets. Collectively, we need/want to ensure that awareness for thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers is being spread by all of us. Please pass the order URL here to family and friends that want to support you and spread awareness.

If you have received your bracelet, please let us know, if you wouldn’t mind, so we know not to re-send.

Latest Dear Thyroid Dish!

Local Dear Thyroid Meet-Ups and Support Groups: have you connected with Kerri and let her know that you’d like to participate in a DEAR THYROID SUPPORT GROUP in your area? If not, please do.

Have you sent your card to “B”? The deadline is July 31st. We want to lend as much support as we can to her while she fights cancer. We want her to have cards to read during her chemotherapy and feel loved. We want her to fight.

Only 3 MORE DAYS TO ENTER THE BUTTERFLY PARAGRAPH CONTEST. You are in luck, beautiful babies. We have 2 spaces left. Start writing and submitting…

Have you RSVP’d for the LOS ANGELES DEAR THYROID MEET-UP ON JULY 25TH? Here are the details? We’d love to see you. It’s going to be great. This meet-up is hosted by Katie Schwartz and Nicole Wells.

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