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