Life After Hodgkin’s Disease

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?!?!

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  1. omg, i’m on the same medication. i’m sending you an email right now. we need to meet up!

  2. Jamee Munhall says:

    Thyroid problems are among the most common medical conditions but, because their symptoms often appear gradually, they are commonly misdiagnosed. So much evidence suggests that thyroid problems are due to an allergic or environmental cause that it seems sensible to remove those substances known to affect the thyroid to see if this corrects the condition before taking any medication.*

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    • Suburbanette says:

      Thanks Jamee.

      My thyroid is pooped after being exposed to radiation for 30 minutes a day for a full month. It is a very common condition among cancer survivors who get radiation in their neck area.

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