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You Ain’t so Smart, Thyroid

Post Published: 15 April 2012
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
This post currently has 6 responses. Leave a comment

Don’t even think for a second that you are going to get me – to bring me down. You won’t win. I’m stronger and no matter what it is that you think you can throw at me – cancer, hashimotos, graves, anxiety, weight gain, anemia – you can shove it.

In fact, I already have plans to get rid of you, but first I have to find out exactly how bad you think you might be . . . either way, you are out.

So kiss your ass goodbye.

I know (now) that you’ve been lurking around for years – nudging me with anxiety, miscarriages and weight ups and downs. Not until recently did you have the guts to show your face with not one, but five nodules.

You have given me no other choice – surgery. And while that will be completely unpleasant – it’s what I have to do and if you bring cancer, as you might, I will deal with that, too – and I will win.

Thyroid, you’re a bully! And you have scared me . . . but only for a moment. The more I learn, the more I am able to fight you – just like the countless thousands of others who also fight you every day.

I believe that you have come here for a reason . . . I am to learn something from this and I will be stronger because of you. You will not bring me down.

We are at war you and I . . . and we meet again on May 4th . . . funny how you choose my Dad’s birthday to let me know whether you are cancer or not. Touché!

Written by, Tara

Bio: My name is Tara Leitch and I am 34 years old. I live in Ontario, Canada with my best friend and partner. I work full-time for a place I don’t like – one day soon I hope to move on. I keep myself fulfilled by dreaming big, wishing on every star and writing on my blog. Life is for living and enjoying every moment possible – and this is even more clear to me after losing my Father in September 2011, and supporting my Mother as she battles a relapse of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Blog: http://tarashannon.blogspot.ca/


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6 Responses to “You Ain’t so Smart, Thyroid”

  1. LEE says:

    i’m so glad i stumbled upon your website, I OFFICIALLY

  2. Lolly says:

    Kick ass and don’t take no prisoners.

  3. Nadina says:

    We need a “share” button!

  4. TTori says:

    Hi Tara,
    I feel you! I’m very new here ( an hour ago) and I am recovering from a total thyroidectomy on April 5th. Surgery wasnt too bad. I was really nervous, but like you I had no choice due to family history and FNA results. Recovery wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t as horrible as maybe I imagined it would be. My throat hurt pretty bad and after one mistake I followed the soft diet pretty well ( I begged for French fries and almost choked on the day I was released) . My voice was weak for about a week and the steri strips and glue made me look like Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. My neck itches like crazy and I couldn’t scratch it but I just pulled out my yarn and crochet hooks and distracted myself. All of that is gone now and although I can’t sing karaoke yet I’m holding out hope my voice will gain strength. I guess I’m saying the surgery is going to be ok. YOU will be ok.
    I am pretty lost about “what now” as this whole thing for me was a whirlwind and my levels are obviously not right and I feel good one day and bad the next, but that’s been something I’ve dealt with for years. So nothing new 😉
    I’ll be thinking of you and hope everything goes ok. I hope my description of what to expect helps a bit.

  5. Hypogirl says:

    don’t forget to take names — later. 😉

  6. TaraShannon says:

    Thank you for all your comments!! 🙂
    @TTori – I appreciate hearing about how the surgery and recovery have been so far for you. I hope that you are feeling better every day!

    I am a little apprehensive of the surgery – but that is to be expected I guess. It needs to be done and I will be better for it once it’s all said and done. It’s encouraging to hear about people who have been through it and are doing well.

    My surgery is booked for July 4th – so not too far off now. The biopsy’s I had on May 4th came back benign, but still suspicious… once it’s out we will have the answer and I will get on with my life 🙂 and I can’t wait to be passed all this! Not that it’s stopping me now – it will just be nice to have it done and be able to say – “Well, that wasn’t so bad and… I WIN!! Na ne na ne na na!!” 😉

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