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How My Mind Responds While Recovering From Thyroid Cancer

 November 9, 2014

You’re too young for all this.

Yes, young people and children get cancer too.

Thyroid cancer is the best cancer to have.

Would you like some?

Everything will be okay.

Please go away.

I don’t want to say the word *whispers cancer*.

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

You are a strong person because of x, y, z

*heart warming moment*

Let me know if you need anything, like a hug or soup.

Can I get hug-soup-hug, please?

Honestly, anything you need. If you want to rant, vent, cry, talk or just sit in silence.

*tear* I have people who care about me.

Seriously, these appointments need to be sooner.

                Thank you for being indignant on my behalf. I might have run out of that emotion.

Maybe we can meet up for a coffee/tea.

I can’t commit to anything right now. Nothing personal. Ask me again later. #sorrynotsorry

Why are you so sad, you shouldn’t be.

I might thwack you over the head right now. Run.

Let me know if there is something you would like to eat.

Maybe sushi. And sugar.

Feel free to get in touch whenever you want company.

Okay, as long as you know I may fall asleep during our visit.

Are you able to do things, what are you up to?

I am trying to recover and get healthy again.

I know this person X who also had thyroid cancer. They are perfectly fine now. So don’t worry.

Sigh. You too might want to run.

Your scar looks like a cool tattoo / bada**/ wicked


I don’t know what to say / I don’t want to say the wrong thing.

That’s the right thing to say.

You Don't Look SickThere has been a range of responses to my diagnosis and during my treatment and recovery. I am thankful that most people have not undermined what I am going through, try to understand what I am feeling, and listen when I am trying to explain. I do have a wonderful support system – the core support team as well as many people who aren’t always around but just as important. People have found ways to support me from across the country and across the world and that has been incredible. Thank you all. Opening up and sharing has come with the bad and the good, but I’d still say it’s been totally worth it.