Comments of the Day: October 14, 2010
Since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I’ve struggled with friends not supporting me like I thought they would. I have felt abandoned, betrayed, and forgotten. These people let me fall when I was expecting them to hold me up. I know I am not alone in this experience. I know so many of you have lost friends and family after being diagnosed with your illness.
As Katie wrote about in the Comments of the Day on Tuesday, we are a new family and we are walking together as we navigate our way through living alongside illness. With every word that you write, you’re supporting this community. Every letter that you submit reminds someone else they are not alone. Every rant and rave reminds us all that we are in this together. Every time you speak out you are changing the face of thyroid disease. You are making a difference.
Thank you for being such a fabulous, supportive community. Keep speaking out—your words are beautiful.
In today’s letter “Hashimoto, It’s Time We Had a Heart to Thyroid,” Guilia shares about her fight to have her autoimmune thyroid disease diagnosed. Here’s an excerpt:
“I will fight you every day, but I do not want to fight you. I too have to fight the doctors, for you are making me do so. I have no other illness than you, it is proven. So, they ask, what do you think is wrong with you? It is you, I tell them. My thyroid. Every symptom, every waking moment. But they tell me you should not be making me feel this way, you are in normal range. What is your normal range? Can you tell me? No of course you can’t, you only speak in terms of making me feel this way. You are no help.”
If you haven’t already read Guilia’s touching story, please do so. Lend her your support in comments. Remind her she is not alone.
Comment of the day…
Dr. EricO says:
I agree that too many endocrinologists pay attention to the reference ranges of thyroid blood tests, when they need to focus more on the patient’s symptoms. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Natural Endocrine Solutions
The word for this week’s Acrostic Poetry is ENOUGH. We’ve had some breathtaking submissions. Today, we published a beautiful poem by Keira. Be sure to read it and connect with Keira in comments. Please consider submitting your own poem and tell us how you’ve had ENOUGH. Send all submissions to Katie.
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