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Sunday January 19th 2020


Photo Essay Submission by Stephanie Carper

Post Published: 04 May 2011
Category: dear thyroid contests, Dear Thyroid Letters
This post currently has 16 responses. Leave a comment

Unconditional Love

This photo makes me smile.  When I look at this picture I don’t see the pain that my 19 year old daughter has endured after six years of battling thyroid cancer.  I see hope.  I see courage.  I see pure joy.  I see a young man who is serving our country who has loved my daughter since the 7th grade, who wouldn’t miss being by her side for her 4th surgery (surgery #5 coming in July).  The smile on her face gives me hope that someday she will be cured.

By: Stephanie Carper

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16 Responses to “Photo Essay Submission by Stephanie Carper”

  1. michellegutie says:

    This photo is making me cry because it is so sweet and beautiful! I wish your daughter all the luck for sucess on her next surgical procedure.

  2. Kate Gillenwater says:

    Thyroid disease is a muther, but whereas I am struggling with Grave’s Disease, this young lady is trying to beat cancer. Love this photo, it wrenched a tear out of this creaky black heart.

  3. anita says:

    what a gorgeous young lady! this was a wonderful submission and caught my fancy. best of luck to her. that smile alone is a miracle.

  4. Heather says:

    How sweet! We will keep her in our prayers, hopefully she can overcome this ordeal soon and move on to better things. Who needs to worry about her thyroid at that age! BEST WISHES!


  5. Mary says:

    Vote. She has a beautiful contagious smile. Parayers for number 5 surgery. You are both blessed with unconditional love. Hugs Mary

  6. Wow. This is beautiful!

  7. Jenni says:

    Precious picture! Praying this will be her last surgery! Hoping for a long happy and healthy marriage!

  8. melissa says:

    Hi my name is melissa, My whole family has history of thyroid problems both hypo and hyper and then some others. I have recently started becoming extremly tired where it is affecting my everyday life!! I am only 23 should not be this tired and I wake up in the mornings my hands are swollen, could this be my thyroid??

  9. Lauren Ewen says:

    Thanks mom!! I love this <3

    And thanks to everyone who has commented!

  10. Tori says:

    I hope that this is Lauren’s last. I am so lucky to call her my best friend and even more lucky to have known her strength, courage, and smile throughout this roller coaster of life’s journey!

  11. I see my beautiful best friend who is one of the strongest people I know! So full of strength and hope! She WILL win!!

  12. Leslie Lechner says:

    Wonderful! winner

  13. Debbie Tucker says:

    This young lady and her mother’s friendship are the only good things that came out of her Thyroid cancer to me!

    She is a fighter, a winner and a hero of mine. I’m praying this will be her last surgery and her next scans will be clean!

    But, her cancer doesn’t stop her from living for the here and now. She goes for everything life has to give her! (He’s right next to her in this picture.) She’s going to be just fine. This LOVE AFFAIR has a HAPPY EVER AFTER ending! Lots of love.

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  15. Larisa says:

    Beautiful… May God bless you in your next surgery…. DOWN WITH CANCER!! ALL KINDS!

  16. yethayie says:

    so sweet! vote! 🙂

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