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The Gland That Could Would and Did, but Lost

Post Published: 12 April 2011
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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I lost my whole thyroid to thyroid cancer back in June 2009. I decided to get this tattoo on the back of my neck as my way of standing up to this big thyroid mess. I figured losing my thyroid is as permanent as this tattoo and as “ugly.”  I didn’t have a say over losing it or what my body and mind did after I lost it.  Now I’m taking it back.

–By Emily

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7 Responses to “The Gland That Could Would and Did, but Lost”

  1. Hypogirl says:

    Beautiful!!! Love it.

  2. Tina says:

    What a great idea! I too, suffered from thyroid cancer in 2005, I lost my thyroid also. You are so right! It has been nothing short of a mess..But I am here and I am doing good, so I should not complain! Best wishes too you!

  3. Melanie says:

    This is amazing!

  4. Mary says:

    Too cool. Mary

  5. Amanda says:

    Creative and beautiful. What a great way to “take it back”.


  6. Melissa Travis says:

    I have used tattoos on many areas of my body to reclaim what I have lost, what I have forgotten, and what I am choosing to remember is important about me. This tattoo is beautiful. Reclaiming space is necessary and doing it through body art is yet another way we CAN.


  7. Diana says:

    All I can say is…WOW!

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