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Fat Thigh-roid Woes: End of a Grave Year

Post Published: 10 December 2010
Category: Column, Fat Thigh Roid Woes, Graves Disease Symptoms Column
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Rather short and sweet column for everyone today.  More like a letter, if you will.  I’ve been working out like a mad woman trying to lose a final 10lbs from my ass, and between the gym and work I have little time for much else.  However, since it’s coming to the end of 2010, I sat back and reflected…and it was almost in a cliche like manner.  No, didn’t sit by a window while the rain gently hit the panes of glass and lose myself in thought.  I sat on my bed and went “What THE FUCK just happened?” which is very cliche for Ms. Nicole.

I’d say 99% of the people we all know say “Wow, this year FLEW BY!” at the end of every year.

The other 1% say “I can’t wait for next year.”

That would be ME.  I’m ready to start 2011 to a fresh start, and since it’s the holiday season I want to remember to be “thankful” of all the things that have occurred over the past year before we hop into 2011.

I’m thankful for the radioactive iodine which helped get rid of that fat neck.  I’m thankful for my appendix being removed while I have no insurance cause I don’t have to “pay” for it, and I’m thankful to not have to worry about appendicitis at any other point in my life.  I’m thankful for Costco sweat pants – they allowed me to attend my photography class while recovering from surgery.  I’m thankful for having thirteen years with my wonderful doggie, and seeing him go was and is still very hard.  I’m thankful for gaining weight from the RAI and watching new stretch marks carve out a road map along my bangin’ child-birthing hips.  I’m thankful for a new job.  I’m thankful to finally have health insurance so I can stop paying out my arse for blood tests.  I’m thankful for having caller ID so I can ignore the calls from collections from all the dumbass medical bills that will NEVER be paid – SO STOP CALLING ME.  I’m thankful for being made out to sound like a criminal in my collections notices, because it makes me feel very rebellious. I’m thankful for the current case of hives I’m sporting, cause that’s a good reason to hit up the doctor in addition to everything else that is going haywire with my body.

I’m thankful for losing my hair once again, cause it’s going to be 80 degrees this weekend – might as well not have too much fur on my scalp.

I’m thankful that 2010 hasn’t lost his wicked sense of humor, I’d be surprised to see that fucking prick change.

I’m thankful for my potty mouth.  I’m thankful for not being born a boring person.

And finally, I’m thankful for the Dear Thyroid community, cause you all make me want to run wild and naked in the streets.  With the encouragement and support we all receive here, there is always something to be thankful for!

What’s on YOUR “thankful” list?

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13 Responses to “Fat Thigh-roid Woes: End of a Grave Year”

  1. Kristi says:

    I am thankful, that I stumbled upon this website. I am also thankful that you write this column, because it cracks me up every time and you say all the things that I want to say to a lot of people, but am too reserved at times to say it. One question, as I am still deliberating on the RAI. You say that it shrunk your goiter. Did your doc tell you that it would? Mine says it will not, wants me to do it anyway even though I am nearing normal on the drugs. I figure there is no way I am going to light myself up unless there is going to be a shrinkage in my neck, which I hate, hate, hate. Though getting it to check into a hotel for a week for a vacation is tempting (I have 2 small girls, I am not keen on letting my immune system win this battle against my thyroid. Anyway, thanks again for the column.

    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Kristi,

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m thankful you’re nearing normal with medication. As far as the RAI goes, it did shrink my thyroid – but I don’t know if that’s normal or if docs error on the side of caution when they tell people it won’t shrink “that much”. I was told the same thing, and mine used to be so big I’d choke every second of the day. Sucked ass.

      The RAI was a last resort for me since I was allergic to the meds – let me know which way you decide to go, but go for what you feel in your gut instead of what doctors want for you.

      Happy Holidays!



  2. Melissa Travis says:

    OMGEEEEEEEE– I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. ” I’m thankful for having caller ID so I can ignore the calls from collections from all the dumbass medical bills that will NEVER be paid – SO STOP CALLING ME. I’m thankful for being made out to sound like a criminal in my collections notices, because it makes me feel very rebellious.”

    You are hilarious and one hot mama for writing that. I love your column and your writing. I love your potty mouth and your sense of humor. I love coming here and being part of this community.

    You are fabulous and wonderful and amazing.

    I’m grateful you gorgeous amazing thing. SO. GRATEFUL.

    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Melissa,

      I am so grateful for you and your snark! Thank you for being so amazing, and being so supportive of everyone here!



  3. Amanda says:

    Hey lady,
    I am wishing this friggin year away also, so make that 2%.

    This will be a random stream of consciousness list, since that appears to be how I roll these days

    I am thankful that this year is almost over. Thankful for my home and my immediate family. Thankful that I have 1 sister that “gets” me and doesn’t try to fix when I rant. Thankful for what I have learned this year. I am thankful for the beautiful corner of the world I live in. I am thankful for the help of my son during this rough year [it has been 50/50 with stressing me out/helping me out..but that is the best ratio to date]. Thankful for my daughter and her humor and creativity. Thankful for Dear Thyroid. I am pretty thankful for Nicole Wells, who began writing this column right at the time when I found this site.


    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Amanda,

      You’re the sweetest and bestest! I’m very thankful for you and your stream of consciousness, because it’s always the truth. I’m thankful for your words, and how you’re my cheerleader on this site. I’m thankful for you giving me the phrase “sexy swell”, because I’ve used it ever since I first read those words.

      If I ever made it out to your neck of the woods, I would be very thankful for an invite for dinner, cause you and your family sound like they’d be a blast to be around!



  4. Hannah says:

    I’m thankful that I am a really good cook so I could make kickass candy and eat it up! I’m thankful for all of you and your great souls!

    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Hannah,

      I’m thankful for any good cooks out there, especially one that can make candy! I’m not thankful that I won’t be eating homemade candy this year, but that’s ok : )

      Happy Holidays!



  5. Raynelle says:

    OMG it’s like you read my mind, well except for the appendicitis part. I think its funny that most people don’t understand what this does to us and how we feel afterwards! So thank you for saying what I feel in such a positive way!

    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Raynelle,

      You’re welcome!

      Sometimes I don’t even understand what this does to us, or the reasons why, but all I can do is throw my hands up into the air and surrender.

      Happy Holidays!



  6. Den says:

    I am thankful that there is this site and also very thankful that I am not actually losing my mind. Also very thankful that I have no cancer and that my goiter has gone down on its own. Thankful most of all for the laugh I have just had reading your column. Thanks Nicole you made my day.


    • Nicole Wells says:

      Dear Denise,

      You’re not losing your mind! I know it feels that way, and occasionally mine slips into bouts of insanity…but for the most part it’s there.

      I’m thankful you have no cancer and that your goiter is shrinking, that’s great news! I’m also thankful my column made you laugh, that’s what most of us need while dealing with this stupid thyroid shit.

      Happy Holidays!



  7. Denise says:

    Have a fab festive time Nicole I intend to laugh a lot with my son who I now worry will get this too who is coming over from the UK to visit me for a month! Wish for you all that you wish for yourself. Dx

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