Thirty-First Entry: Thyroid Literary Contest – Three Words of Encouragement
“Staying positive truly helps”
These four words have helped to reshape my life because I’ve had Graves disease for over 8 yrs., and also been through Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, breast cancer, skin cancer & currently have cancer again, among other health issues in an 11 yr. period. And it may surprise you when I say that I feel the thyroid problems have been the worst. So don’t think you’re alone if you feel you’re at your wits end. I have, and at times still do think woe is me, but I try my best to stay positive because I know the negative thinking will only make me feel worse.
I’m not Superwoman my any means. I’m a very emotional woman, I wear my feelings on my sleeve..so much so that I won’t even pick up the phone call of a friend if I feel I’m in a crazy, hormonal mood, and all I’m going to do is cry through the conversation. So, I’m not saying that staying positive is simple or easy. When I got the news of my Graves disease, I did feel sorry for myself…cried, stressed & wondered if I would ever feel “normal” again. But as crazy as life is these days, what is normal? Everyone has some kind of battle they’re fighting. So I tried to think positive and move on from there.
I think thyroid disease has been tougher because with the cancers, I was diagnosed, treated & then it was behind me. Even if it was only temporarily behind me, I still had years in-between with no issues. But thyroid problems…they never seem to go away. Mine has been a roller-coaster ride, constantly going up & down over the years…and many days I wish the ride would just stop and let me off…LOL!
But it’s not a ride…it’s called life. So we have to think positive, gain all the knowledge we can about our illness, use that knowledge to know what we have to do…what works best for each of us, along with the Drs., to enjoy a better quality of life. No matter how crazy, stressed, emotional, & out-of-whack our thyroid issues make us feel, we have to stay positive…because my other motto for many years has been ‘things can always be worse’…and we know they can. But since that was five words, I didn’t use it..LOL!
So, while we can’t always fix everything and make our bodies feel completely normal, we can move on and do the best we can do, and staying positive truly helps!
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