Thyroid Disease: Check Your Neck

Thyroid disease is a very interesting topic. I know all too well about the symptoms because I’ve been there.

I thought I was going through a depression or just being bipolar. I was losing my temper, always crying… getting mad at everyone and everything.

I started to lose weight. I was plagued with bad skin and deep acne. Just when I thought things couldn’t get worse, I began to lose my hair.

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One day, I saw this big ball on my neck. I went to the doctor to get it checked and he sent me to the ER. The doctors were speechless! I could have died because the ball was getting bigger inside my throat, which effected my breathing. For more than 2 years, I was Thyroid sick and never knew it. I was devastated, but at the same time relieved. I wasn’t bipolar… I was sick.

I’ve been through a lot. Heavy surgery…Radiotherapy… Seeing myself fade away was pretty scary, but I made it. The fact that I’m a long distance runner saved my  life.

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Picture of me receiving radiotherapy.

The most important thing to know about thyroid disease is that there are hypo and hyper symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. They define Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) as a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones.

For more information about thyroid symptoms, click HERE.

It’s important for people to know that nodules found in your neck can be thyroid cancer. Over the course of my treatment, I’ve had one chemotherapy and three radiotherapies.

For more information about thyroid cancer, click HERE.


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