Good Cancer, My Ass
But my life is serving as an amazingly good warning as to the side effects of thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
Pick your poison: death by cancer or death by diabetes. It’s going to be one or the other. And frankly, I’m tired of dying.
To explain… just over two years ago, I was given a clean bill of health. After battling diabetes (Type I & II) for five years, I had gone into remission! No pills needed whatsoever. No insulin. No reason to even check my sugars unless I was feeling sick. My kidneys were functioning normally. My cholesterol was perfect. My doctors were amazed. My doctors applauded me. My doctors were proud of me. My doctors introduced me to other doctors, “this is the girl who put diabetes in remission by her 28th birthday!” My doctors told their other patients about me, “She did it. So you can you! It’s possible!”
That was the happiest day of my life.
Then, in August 2008, we found the tumor on my thyroid by accident. My doctors weren’t worried about any complications from a thyroidectomy – after all, I was now in perfect health. “You’ll beat this,” they all said.
My partial thyroidectomy was in October 2008, and my blood sugars started to creep up. So the doctors put me on 500 mg of Metformin. No big deal.
November 2008, I started on 125 mcg of Synthroid and my blood sugars shot up. So the doctors upped my dose to 500 mg of Metformin twice a day. Okay, still not a big deal.
December 2008, I had my completion thyroidectomy and my Synthroid was upped to 150 mcg. Blood sugars skyrocketed and I was put on 1,000 mg of Metformin twice a day.
February 2009, we added 5mcg twice a day of Cytomel to the mix. Blood sugars shot up again and I had to start taking heart medication.
By September 2009, we added 100 mg of Januvia to the mix to control my blood sugars.
October 2009, they upped my Synthroid to 175 mcg. By December, I had to add 4 mg twice a day of Glimepiride for my diabetes.
January 2010, my Synthroid was increased to 200 mcg. By February, I was back on insulin – 14 to 16 units at bedtime.
Do you see the connection? I sure as hell do. All you have to do is read the information on Synthroid and Cytomel. They both come with a warning of high blood sugars and potential diabetes as side effects.
Some friggin’ side effect.
Today, I had my yearly exam with my primary care physician, and he’s scared. All the medications I’m on could kill me. I could slip right into a coma. He told me flat out that right now, I’m dying.
So surviving cancer is causing me to die from diabetes. If I quit the Synthroid and Cytomel, my diabetes will be back under control, but then, well, we all know what happens without Synthroid.
My life will continued to be lived in hospitals, as now I will be spending most of my time in my PCP’s hospital getting my blood chemistry back in line and experimenting to see if we can get my body back together.
So, technically, I’m dying from cancer via diabetes.
You want to tell me again how I got the “good Cancer”?
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