Dear Thyroid- Thanksgiving Holiday letter
Well, I’ll be! We finally know what’s wrong with you. Of course, I’ll have to go to the doctor to confirm my self-diagnosis, but that is just a formality. If DeeDee, my sister has it, then so do I: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I have at least twice as many symptoms as she does. And it would be like both of us to have a disease with such an innocuous name like Hashimoto’s. Couldn’t we get a name for our issues that invokes a stronger sympathetic reaction, something that sounds a little scarier, life-threatening even? Hashimoto’s sounds like a rash. I think we deserve at least that much, after all we’ve suffered.
Lazy and Crazy. That’s what we’ve been accused of being for as long as I can remember. Now, don’t you think they all feel bad, knowing what you’ve been through, Thyroid? Attacked by your own body! Imagine! We are not lazy; we are in a losing battle, our energy pilfered by antibodies. We are not crazy; our hormones are raging against weapons of the destruction. Panic Attacks? Well, of course we are panicking. The campaign to invade our mood-stabilizing organ is in full swing. Depression? Fatigue? Let them try getting up in the morning after spending sleepless nights with a cold ass and cold feet. Clean the house for holiday-company? Sure, just as soon as I take my thyroid medication for my autoimmune disease, thank you very much.
Next week, as we sit down to our Thanksgiving feast, I will raise my glass to Mr. Hashimoto, though his name is mild, and give thanks for his genius discovery of all that ails me and my sister. Though I am beat down, I am vindicated. Though I may lose my mind every so often, I am validated. Because of Hashimoto, the war inside me will be sedated.
They want you to clean up after dinner? No, no. Sorry. Your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is flaring up. Poor Thyroid, I think you should go take a nap.
Warm Holiday Wishes,
(Bio): I am a 37-year-old mother, educator and writer living in Franklin, Tennessee. I have an appointment to have my thyroid checked in two weeks. Check out Sarah’s blog.
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