Be Aware of the Large Thyroid
Wow! All I can say is Wow! For years you were growing, causing me to choke on my spit, breathe shallow and cause me to deny that while you were doubling and tripling in size, you were trying to kill me too! That is now a problem with me!
You were hiding, only showing a portion of yourself in past scans, but, this newest Endocrinologist still said you were the biggest thyroid she has ever scanned! Whatever, I said… Impossible! The surgeon, 6 1/2 hours later released you from my neck, it was supposed to be three hours. You caused me to lose a liter of blood and then threw my body into a metabolic crisis for the next five days, IV after IV of potassium, magnesium and calcium! You were 10x the size you should have been, compressing my arteries, throat, parathyroids and nerves, hidden away behind my clavicle bone, but, you were not Cancer, thank you!
I do not write this letter to scare anyone, but, rather, to bring awareness to large thyroids. Past scans were only revealing the top portion of my thyroid, and 3/4 of it was hidden behind my clavicle bone. Maybe an MRI would have revealed how big my thyroid truly was becoming years ago and the removal would have been less traumatic for me.
Most of all, I was in denial. I did not want surgery. I stubbornly dealt with a large thyroid, unaware of the ramifications of compressed arteries, damaging of the nerves, and crippling of the parathyroids, but, today, I want to tell you, this is serious! I hope sharing my experience of dealing with my large thyroid helps. My thyroid was obvious only because it was pushing out of my neck, I knew it was big, I just didn’t know it was as big as it was. Some of my symptoms were choking on my food and spit, among others. Dealing with a large thyroid, it had to go. I found a surgeon with a lot of experience!
I am a survivor! I have released you, my dear thyroid, from my body, and you will never cause me havoc again! Sure, I will have to find my balance synthetically now, but, you are gone forever! You did not kill me like you intended to do, and I will continue my advocacy until every doctor understands the severity of thyroid disease and treats it as something Real; bigger than a fat persons problem, a little fatigue, and cold hands….we deserve better, we deserve to live life to our fullest!
Let’s keep this fight going! We will Win this battle