After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and trying to find everything I could about it, I decided to journal my experiences in hopes that it might help someone else on their journey.
Before I get started with my journey with thyroid cancer, let me explain a little about my background. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago with hypothyroidism by my gynecologist. She was this delightful woman from India who just seemed to understand female hormones. That was when I was around 45 and I was so grateful to finally figure out why I was so tired all the time and why I couldn't shed weight no matter what diet I tried. She put my on a thyroid medication and within about 3 months, my energy level was much better and I had shed 20 pounds. It was truly a blessing to me but there was so much I didn't know that I didn't know at that time. And, so much that even doctors didn't know they didn't know about our amazing endocrine system. Over the past 20 years, I have had multiple doctors including a homeopathic doctor and worked with a nutritionist (the best thing I ever did for myself) to try and find out why I was hypothyroid and what else (other than drugs) could be done about it. In all my searching, I was once never told I had Hashimotos disease. Let me quote the Mayo Clinic in telling you what this is. "Hashimoto's disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam's apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's functions.Inflammation from Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children." Well, that would have been good to know...more about that later. My advise to you is to ask to be tested for Hashimoto's disease if you are hypothryoid.
I also want to let you know why I am sharing this journey. First, because I feel like God wanted me to share it with others that may be going through it. Second, because as I was going through it, I so wanted to know what others were experiencing. Please note, that our body chemistry is as unique to our own bodies as our personalities so make sure you listen to your body and ask for the right tests and treatments.
To read more about my journey with thyroid disease and cancer, read on...