It has been approximately seven or so years since I was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. I was treated for approximately six months with a mixture of chemotherapy and radiation. My regular scans have been showing up clear and everything has been pretty peachy keen for the most part. I recently did some routine blood work when they discovered that my thyroid levels have been operating on the slow side. The doctor referred me to a specialist who decided to monitor my levels for a while to decide what the next course of action should be. I just received the news that the next course of action is to start treating it with medicine.
It should not be a big deal, I just will need to take a pill every day for the rest of my life. It will help with all the classic slow thyroid symptoms I have been having such as: being cold all the time, tiredness, and weight gain. They believe that my thyroid problems are a direct effect from the radiation I had to my neck and chest area. I had always known that this would be a possibility but it was something that I did not think I would have to worry about so soon. I’m pretty bummed, especially when I found out that I have to start limiting my intake of seaweed. Trader Joe’s dried seaweed snacks are my jam!
On the bright side, maybe I will lose weight for my wedding?!?!