Diagnosed with Enlarged Thyroid at Age 9
Dear Gigantic Oversize Massive Tumor infested Thyroid,
I first met you when I was 9 years old. I was the youngest patient with an enlarged thyroid my doctor had ever seen. I was getting my hair washed at a hair salon that day. When I leaned my head back, a giant ball appeared in my neck. My panicked mother went around the hair salon feeling strangers throat’s only to find no one else had this.
She then rushed my to my doctor who looked at me like a freak of nature and had every doctor in the building come to feel the 9 year old with the gigantic thyroid.
Thank you Thyroid for my first experience feeling like a freak of nature. Then it was to the top endocrinologist in northern Illinois who, too was stunned at my condition. Getting a complete physical at the age of 9 by a doctor and 5 interns scared me to death and it took years to not be panicked at medical facilities.
The years that followed were filled with monthly blood works ups, and ultrasounds. I gained weight and didn’t stop. I was exhausted, all the time. I lost hair, a lot of it. My skin was pale with dark bags under my eyes. I was 12.
At age 14 after, yet another ultrasound, they found something that worried them and gave me a 10 needle biopsy done without any anesthesia. I laid there on the table having needle after needle put into my neck being told ” not to move “. The test came back non cancerous.
The only reason why I did not balloon up to 250 lbs in high school and college was because I was an athlete. When I did stop training for a few weeks, I packed on weight instantly. Stlll, I have gone my whole like overweight in some form.
Perhaps I hate you the most, thyroid for what you put me through in March of 2009. I was 8 weeks pregnant and suffered a miscarriage because of you. You through my TSH levels out of wack overnight it seemed, and caused me to lose my first child. I also almost bled to death and had 4 units of blood because of a hemoglobin level of 5.
Damn you thyroid. Everything is harder. My levels have never been even. I currently take 250 mcg of synthroid and have been up to 275 mcg at one point. Nothing helps, I am always tired and groggy.
At age 22, they diagnosed me with Hashiomoto’s, which they said I have had this whole time, obviously but was never actually told that. I was always just told I had ” hypothyroidism multi nodular goiter.”
When my husband and I moved to Arizona at age 24, I had another biopsy and they were certain it was cancer. It was not. I want you out, thyroid, I want you gone. I know you are killing me everyday.
Written by, Sarah
(Bio) My name is Sarah Robinson. I am 25 years old and live in Queen Creek Arizona with my husband and 15 month old son. I am some what a medical mystery to doctors and no one can seem to fully help me or know how to.
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