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Readers Respond: Health, Wellness Ideas and Suggestions from People With Thyroid Cancer

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Updated March 08, 2011

A Good Cancer?

I don't think anyone is ever the same once they hear the words, you have papillary thyroid cancer. Despite being told that it is a good cancer, hearing those words changed me forever. I am grateful that it has been 3.5 years since my surgery and I31 treatment, but I must admit I am always wondering if and when the cancer will return. Physically, I have much less energy than I did previously--I must push myself to do many of the things I love to do. I work very hard to maintain my weight, but have had a slight weight gain. I suffer some brain fog, but most days are ok.
—Guest Barbar Buske

I feel lucky

My life changed for the better after my thyroid was removed. Once considered A.D.D. and ineducable, post-operation I was able to focus and received my bachelors degree effortlessly. I now have a career, where as before I was lazy and unfocussed. My TT changed my life. I am on Synthroid and Cytomel that is prescribed by my doctor and I take two amino acids (alpha GPC and phenibut) to help with brain fog and depression. I have not gained any weight that I didn't deserve to gain by my own glut, and yeah, it's harder to lose, it is possible when I focus. I credit my superior endo, Dr. Nathan Becker for this, who is leaps and bounds above the 16 other endos I've tried in the world and know just how lucky I am to have found him.
—Guest Shani Haller

When will it ever be over?

I am healthy - I have had my lifetime ration of I-131 after thyroidectomy. Thyroid cancer doesn't take much out of my daily life anymore, besides taking my meds every day, and avoiding the foods that block them. The thing that's different about thyroid cancer, however, from any other cancer I have talked to anyone about or read about is, that with thyroid cancer you can have a little bit of thyroid cancer left that they won't treat with additional I-131, or do surgery to remove, and chances are VERY good that it will never grow enough to cause a problem. But that doesn't take away the fact that you never really feel like you're done with it. You always feel like something could happen.
—Guest Laurie

Addition of T3

I've done pretty well since I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer a few years ago. I've been taking levothyroxine. I was still a bit tired, and feeling fuzzy-brained, so I talked to the doctor about adding some T3. We added a small dose of T3 to my treatment, and that seems to have really made a big difference in my energy and concentration.
—Guest JR

Thyrogen!

I had to have several traditional scans, where I went off my Synthroid, and had to become totally hypothyroid. It was really exhausting, I gained weight each time, and had to cancel almost everything just to get ready for the scan. The last two scans, I've used Thyrogen, and so I didn't have to go hypothyroid, which made it so much easier to cope with. I recommend that thyroid cancer patients ask their doctors about the Thyrogen protocol for scanning.
—Guest Tess R.
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