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An Open Letter to Brooke Burke-Charvet And All Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients, by Mary Shomon

Post Published: 13 November 2012
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Mary Shomon, our greatest thyroid patient advocate has written a wonderful letter to Brooke Burke who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Many things about this letter resonated with me, the importance of advocating for yourself as a patient, understanding thyroid cancer and disease, and lots of resources for support and articles.

After reading her intro, I encourage you to please read and share this letter.

Brooke Burke-Charvet, co-host of the popular “Dancing With the Stars” television program, has recently announced that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Burke revealed the news in this video. The 41-year-old mother of four told how a thyroid nodule had been detected, but she delayed followup evaluation. After various tests and a fine needle aspiration biopsy, the diagnosis of thyroid cancer was confirmed. Burke will undergo a thyroidectomy — surgery to remove her thyroid gland — as part of her treatment. Since Brooke has made a public announcement, I felt that it would be a good time to reach out to her and to all newly diagnosed thyroid patients — including those with thyroid cancer — with support and information.” (more)

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2 Responses to “An Open Letter to Brooke Burke-Charvet And All Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients, by Mary Shomon”

  1. Anonymous S says:

    It broke my heart for her when she said. “I’m not sick. I’ve never felt better.” That will not be the case once her thyroid is out and things go haywire.

  2. Ruth Feldman says:

    Dear Brooke,

    The best thing for you to do is to research everything about hypothyroidism, as that is what you will have after surgery. Unbelievable as it may sound, few doctors know much about the subject. Read as many books as you can; avoid any book where the writer says to follow the TSH test and ignores patient symptoms or thyroid hormone levels. This is from 50 years of experience. Take care, Ruth

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