It’s circular insanity. I’m writing about cancer to stop having cancer be the big deal it is.
See the problem with that?
Look, I’m not trying to minimize anyone’s cancer. This is my experience.
I’m really sick of it, though. I want to stop talking about cancer and move on to “health” as a concept and here I am talking about fucking cancer anyway.
So if you have cancer, and you go to the doctor a few years later, and you say “hey, so I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and I feel like absolute shit and all my hair’s falling out and my depression is debilitating, and I’ve stopped playing hockey or lifting or doing things I love and every time I move significantly I get deep, flu like aches for days. Not good aches,” and then somehow history comes up and the doctor pounces on what?
Not “debilitating depression.”
Did I even fucking say cancer?
Look, all right, cancer is bad and I can say cancer cancer cancer and everyone is like oooooooooo but my kind of cancer is pissant. It’s a pissant, slow-growing largely non-lethal cancer, so much so that when they told me I had cancer they said to me – right to my face – “ah, well, this is the best kind of cancer to have.”
(I punched no one in the face who said this to me, for which I would like some cookies, please.)
I also found out *three years later* it is actually impossible for my kind of cancer to spread to lymph, and that was three years after I hyperventilated many days thinking about lymphoma. And my usually very lumpy, bumpy lymph nodes.
Look, the big deal here is not that I had cancer and a lobectomy and elected not to have radiation because – say it with me now –
the cancer wasn’t that big a deal
– the big deal is that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis really fucking sucks and getting treated for thyroid disease never mind depression when you’re a woman in the US is about the most suck-filled, awful, futile process you can possibly imagine.
The doctor says over and over “diagnostic” “imaging” “ultrasound” “specialist” “nodule” and I want to say
SHUT THE FUCK UP I FEEL REALLY AWFUL THERE IS A PERSON SITTING HERE.
Sometimes I just sit in the doctor’s office and zone out as they drone on and fight back tears. They don’t know. I’m a tough girl, and all.
I’ve felt like crap for months now, a while. 38 Studios crashed and burned and with it my benefits and for some reason of utter denial I got state benefits for everyone else in the family and not me.
No blood tests, no routine upping of my levothyroxine while my remaining thyroid lobe eats itself alive (thyrioditis is SO GROSS), nothing.
So now I’m sick.
But all that matters is cancer.
The world is kind of bullshit and there’s not a real point to this post except that while everyone else is saying cancer there’s a whole host of problems requiring our attention.
I’m just saying.
Aw honey … that totally sucks. And I think I owe you some cookies :(. You should totally get Jen to come with you to your next dr appt because she kicks Stupid Doctor Ass.
what Rachel said. Sorry you feel so crappy and yeah, sic Jen on them 🙂
I hate the words “best kind of cancer” because they are total and utter BULLSHIT.
There is no best kind. It sucks ass all around. Its difficult, Its painful. It is trying on a person and their family no matter how “Best” they try to make it out to be. Its a long hard struggle that leaves everyone in tears at one point or another.
I am so sorry you are still struggling with this. I can tell you are very raw and its painful for you.
You have me if you EVER need anything. Seriously. Even if its just a plate of virtual cookies, or an RP session, to vent, or whatever else you need.
I love you. And you should totally give Hashimoto back his thyroids, coz they aren’t doing anything for you, are they?
Yeah, fuck that noise.
On another note: it’s a good day that has your writing in it, even if it’s on account of some asshat in a white coat.
oh, fuck. You’re symptoms are classic not enough thyroid meds… and no blood test?
Awww, you guys area all awesome. Thank you. ❤
Deb, I did get a blood test and she bumped my meds up, so I'm already starting to feel better. I see an endo soon, though my doc primarily wants that for cancer reasons. Whatever gets me the referral, IMO. 😀