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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane. No, it’s Super Gland

Post Published: 11 April 2011
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Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Dear Thyroid,

How could an organ so tiny be so devious?  I didn’t even know you were slowly wrecking my health until what was supposed to be a routine allergy testing led to the diagnosis of a goiter.  You were to blame for my weight loss, my vomiting, my coughing.  I thought it was asthma, allergies, sinuses–anything but you. I went from doctor to doctor searching for answers.  I felt like a hypochondriac, but inside I knew there was something wrong with me.  That was the end of October.

But knowing of the goiter, didn’t bring me the comfort I sought.  There was still the biopsy to go through right after Thanksgiving.  Soon I would know if you had betrayed me yet again with a cancer diagnosis.   Sure enough, you did. That was your holiday gift to me, papillary cancer.  You would not go gently into that good night–or so you thought!

What you didn’t know was the New Year was going to lead to your removal.  The TT was scheduled for January 3rd.   There had been some initial talk of whether I could at least keep ½ of you.   The bottom line was that you couldn’t be trusted.   All of you had to go!   What you failed to realize was that I valued my life more than you.

–Written by: Ashley

(bio) I’m Ashley Flaherty, age 37.  I’ve been a children’s librarian for almost 12 years.  I own 3 very spoiled cats, Jet, Spark, and Belle.   I enjoy reading, gardening, and old black and white movies.  I also have a weakness for lip gloss, fuzzy sweaters and feather boas.  Here’s the link to my Facebook page.

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4 Responses to “It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane. No, it’s Super Gland”

  1. Mary says:

    So happy to hear you ditched that miserable flutterbye. I’m still waiting to see what’s up with mine. After 35yrs its reapperance. After radiating it is scary as it grows and they lower my synthroid it seems the thyroid cysts I’ve developed are also acting like a gland and it builds and if I get upset it dumps all at once. Crazy way to try to live up and down and waiting. Best wishes for your continued recovery. Hugs Mary

  2. Mary says:

    So happy to hear you ditched that miserable flutter bye. I’m still waiting to see what’s up with mine. After 35yrs its reappearance. After radiating it is scary as it grows and they lower my synthroid it seems the thyroid cysts I’ve developed are also acting like a gland and it builds and if I get upset it dumps all at once. Crazy way to try to live up and down and waiting. Best wishes for your continued recovery. Hugs Mary

  3. Amanda says:

    Ashley,
    Great letter. Good riddance to a bad thyroid! It is amazing how many parts of your body it can affect, and the signals are not always clear when something is wrong with it.

    Be well
    Amanda

  4. Quin Browne says:

    Ah, the little gland that can!!

    Glad yours is gone, and, I was very glad to read some of your symptoms, as I had them (the hurling and constant cough)… and, only since my change in dose have I realized it’s gone. I’d forgotten about it until I read this!! See? Even four years later… darn you, GhostThyroid!!

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