Thyroid Chronicles: Surgery Up Next

Butterfly shaped thyroid word cloud on a white background in the colors of the thyroid cancer ribbon.

Hey blogger baes! I know it’s been a minute since I’ve stopped in and updated ya’ll on my health. If you’ve followed me for a bit then you know I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. You can read all about it here and here.

I met with the surgeon this past week and I have officially been scheduled for my thyroidectomy on August 31. The goiter growing in my neck is not getting any smaller, in fact it’s getting larger. It’s disrupting my breathing and my ability to swallow. It is definitely a huge inconvenience. But more than that, the attack on my thyroid has my whole entire body out of whack. I won’t even get into the chronic inflammation which wreaks havoc on me almost daily.

What does surgery mean for me? It’s a step in the right direction of what’s bound to be a long recovery back to some semblance of normalcy. I will be required to be on synthetic hormone replacements for the rest of my life. I will also be hypothyroid forever, which I’ve already been for 3 years now. The hormones should eventually regulate enough to allow me to lose weight normally;.

I’ve read a lot of horror stories regarding Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism and hormone replacements. If you google anything these days your bound to find more of the bad than good. I am desperately trying not to focus on the negative though. I know this is going to be a process. Heck, the 100lbs I’ve gained over the last few years has been a process. But if there’s one thing I’m determined to do it’s to be positive.

The need for self love is that much more important than it ever has been. All of this takes a toll on me daily. If it weren’t for prayer, my amazing husband and the support of loving friends; who knows where I’d be. I owe it to them to try my best to keep fighting. I go to therapy regularly too because it’s SO important for me to maintain my mental health throughout this whole journey.

In a a couple of weeks I’m sure I’ll be back to share what surgery was like and how recovery is going. In the mean time, I’m still here to be mom extraordinaire, and a fatshionista who comes to slay!

AP Young