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Healing after thyroidectomy

August 26, 2017

The weeks after my thyroidectomy were spent resting and visiting my doctors. I still had no voice and that was a concern. It was also a concern that I had little energy but not unexpected. I was just happy to be at home and have the time to rest and heal. 


I was very grateful to have the cancer growth out of my body. God was so good in orchestrating all of it for me at the right time. You see, I have always been a very controlling, driven woman who has to push through everything in my life. Over the last few years, God has shown me that I don't need to push so hard to be loved, accepted and worthy of His love. He already gives it to me freely and abundantly. I am so very grateful for that lesson and for the timing of the diagnosis, surgery and healing. 


I encourage anyone who is going through this to take time to heal. There is nothing wrong with taking naps when you need them. It is good to take walks and do any kind of exercise you can to move your body. My doctor did not give me permission to do anything but walk for the first month and then only to do yoga or exercise that was not too strenuous for another couple of week. As one who was exercising often, it was hard to give up but in the long run it is what my body needed to heal. 


I also allowed myself comfort foods during this time of healing. I have been gluten free for several years but that didn't keep me from eating a lot of carbs that were gluten free. And, ice cream never tasted so good. I get that this may not have been the very best diet for someone recovering from surgery and cancer but I also believe that we have to deal with things the best way we can and not beat ourselves up for giving into little pleasure for a short time. After I get through RAI, I will most likely give up dairy, too because of the chance of other autoimmune diseases that may try to manifest since Hashimotos does not have a thyroid to attack anymore. I guess what I am saying is, don't beat yourself up for indulging in foods that make you happy and satisfy you during your healing. There will be time to eat right and exercise later when you are healed.  




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