Dear Thyroid Cancer,
Somebody once wrote a poem about you. Well, not just you; you and all your relatives. The name of the poem is “What Cancer Cannot Do.” I have received copies of this poem from multiple people since you came into my life. At first, I was so inspired by this poem. It was encouraging. But it gave me false hopes because the longer I lived with you the more I realized the poem in its entirety was not true. Let me share with you a couple of lines:
“Cancer is so limited…It cannot destroy peace.”
Do you know how excited I was to read this when you first came into my life? OK, so I had to live with you, but you couldn’t destroy my peace. WRONG. Of course you can take away peace. You carpet bombed my peace and replaced it with fear. You destroyed peace in my life and I had to work hard to rebuild it.
“Cancer is so limited…It cannot kill friendship.”
I found this to be so very true…for about six months. And then, you started interfering in so many of my friendships. You make things awkward because some of my friends don’t see me. They see you, and I don’t know how to deal with that.
Thyroid cancer, I know that you are not as limited as the author of the poem suggests. You reach into so many areas of my life. But I’m a little wiser now and know you cannot have control of my life without my permission. I am no longer your doormat for you to walk all over. Remember that, thyroid cancer.
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