5 Year Thyroidectomy Anniversary!

In celebration of my five year thyroidectomy anniversary, I am captaining a Relay for Life team. If you have found this site helpful, please consider making a small donation towards my fundraiser, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

What a wild ride it has been. I’d say overall my quality of life is amazing.
Here is a recap from start to present of my thyroidectomy journey:

  • First 6 months after surgery – I have almost no memory of this time. It was like living in a hazy dream. Tired all the time. Tired and hazy.
  • Next year – very difficult to explain but essentially I felt like I had to ‘re-learn’ my body. Not in a ‘bad’ way but… things are different.
  • My short term memory feels severely impacted and I started using an iPad at work to help log notes – this has totally helped!
  • One year anniversary of the thyroidectomy, I completed a triathlon. I felt like a champion.
  • Year Two I learned that a low carb/high fat diet now works best for me to lose weight.
  • I also realize that not only is my short term memory junk, but facial recognition has devolved. I have a difficult time telling humans apart.
  • Year Three and Four I realize that I tire easily – endocrinologist confirms my levels are fine. I’ll chalk this up to age (I am in my late 30s) and lack of thyroid
  • Year Four – three different doctors tell me not to go on Birth Control because it will conflict with my thyroid medications. I do not listen to them. I should have listened to them. What a mistake. Ugh.
  • Year Five – just found out that my form of thyroid cancer was downgraded and is no longer a ‘cancer’! Follicular Papillary malignant mass does not spread outside the tumor and does not require radioactive iodine. I feel happy and justified that I didn’t go the radioactive iodine route.



October 2011

October 2011

Yes, I even put my surgery on my calendar, way back then.

Yes, I even put my surgery on my calendar, way back then.

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3 Responses to 5 Year Thyroidectomy Anniversary!

  1. Randy Bachmann

    Very interesting post. I just had a total in Mid July. In a total Hypothyroid haze as I write this. I got in for my RAI on Wednesday. This has been the lost summer. Ready to start T4 (I guess that’s what it will be). It’s like I am dead inside emotionally. There’s no joy in anything. I’m not complaining about that, it’s just part of the process and I understand the plan is to correct that with the thyroid replacement meds very soon.

    • Hi Randy,
      I understand what you are going through. “Lost Summer” is a great way of putting it. I pretty much lost at least six months. I couldn’t believe what an intense adjustment period it was, for what felt like such a simple surgery.
      Please check back in with updates!!!!

  2. Toni

    Its been one year and one month since my thyroidectomy and I am so glad I have found you! I didnt realize until just now that this is going to take longer to adjust to then a typical surgery. I have blood work done every 3 months and so far each month my dosage of Synthyroid has changed.
    Weight has been an issue. I cant loose a damn pound! I exercise, I eat right 95% of the time. I see no change so then I beat myself up….my go to is food so this is NOT helpful!
    Any suggestions?

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