Comment Of The Day: July 19, 2010
What a great day on Dear Thyroid! We kicked off with a beautiful letter by Brooke about thyroid cancer and segued into a literary healing about differentiating between medication side-effects versus thyroid symptoms. I hope you’ll join the conversation. Whenever we share our stories; we learn so much about our respective diseases. There is so much healing in writing, I think. Pamela wrote an exquisite butterflygraph about her relationship with butterflies. If you haven’t voted, please do.
Dancing with the Shredder Tornado, written by Brooke, “You did it, Thyroid. You destroyed me, tore me to pieces over the years. But no, that’s still not enough for you, is it? You are still vying to make your cancerous presence known. You broke me. My heart, my spirit, crushed. I hated myself because of you.”
This breaks my heart. My daughter just turned 17, and I know what a devastation this would be on her active, bright life. You have been through too much for someone your age, but it will make you better and stronger. It just sucks.
Thyme For Literary Healing, Differentiating Between Medication Side-Effects and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, “Since diagnosis of thyroid cancer or thyroid disease, or sadly both, have you come to learn the difference between a ’symptom’ and a ’side effect’ of medication? As individuals with thyroid diseases and cancers, we want to learn from each other and understand what each of us goes through. Here are a few questions to get us started:”
Lisa Stiers says:
I have started to learn a lot now, not because I wanted to but I had too. It’s hard when you have been misdiagnosed for years and years. It was the medical profession at first, and then family, so when I finally got an answer to what this was, well I had to research for myself and find answers. I now know I have to know what my body is feeling and I can’t mask it by taking some meds that can harm me far worse. I have to be aware of side effects of the thyroid replacement and know what my numbers should be, not just go by the averages, most of that does fit for most of us anyway. I didn’t expect there could be so many from the disease or meds, boy I know now. I have to know and not bury my head in the sand any longer. So now it’s knowing I need blood test important, having ultra sounds to make sure it hasn’t changed and hoping I won’t need surgery to remove the thyroid gland because of cancer. Another blood test in a few weeks. Since they told me I had hashimotos I learned that there a whole list of knew side effects and complication there. Not my idea of fun reading but it’s educational neverless. Now it’s trips to the doctors and hoping I remembered to write everything down, it’s looking out for me by myself. I found we all have to take interest in our own illness because if we don’t something important will be over looked, I know my doctors never explained just how important this gland is and all what it controls, which is pretty much everything. Grrrrr! Lol just had to complain a little! So now it’s oh this is knew and wonder ok is it the disease or is it something else, life in thyroidville. Not the neighborhood I expected it to be!
Butterflygraph, Written by Pamela L. Reilly, Naturopath, written by Pamela “Since facing the death of my thyroid gland and the birth of “butterthies” 15 years ago, I’ve become accustomed to having butterthies in my stomach, throat, heart, mind and stomach on a regular basis.” Get those votes in, kids!
See you on the morrow.
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