So now that we are all caught up…
Let’s talk about a few things so that I can clarify for a few people.
1 – I am not, nor will I be that I or my doctor forsee, be going through any kind of chemotherapy. I will be getting radioactive iodine treatment. This is not typical radiation treatment, but radiation specifically for thyroid cancer. It’s piggyback with iodine (which your thyroid craves) and taken in pill form. It’s the most effective treatment for thyroid cancer. Here is a link to what it is and how it’s going to make me feel.
About my radiation treatment: http://www.stmarys.org/body.cfm?id=805&action=detail&aearticleid=hw168387&aeproductid=hw_catholiccam
2 – My hair is falling out due to my hormone levels, or lack thereof. Here’s a link to that
About Hair Loss: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hairloss/a/hairloss.htm
My hair has been thinning, drying, and basically being ruined for the last two months. I think swimming in a chlorinated pool every day this week did not help my cause. It was going to fall out anyway, I guess I probably just sped it alone. I took a shower, and my hair was coming out in clumps. No exaggeration, as my hairdresser can probably say I’m being honest here, I think there was more hair that fell out then I have left remaining on my head. Stacey at Side Street Salon took care of me. She cut my hair to the shortest length that I had in there… no choice there… and gave me a really cute cut. I hate short hair. It’s not me. But, I guess I do what I have to do and deal with it. It’s a cute cut, a cute style I can do a lot with, and I don’t have to put my hair up for work… bonus! 🙂 One of my besties, Erin, gave me a list of reasons why short hair is good. I can’t share it on here because it’s definitely 18+, but it was a great list, and I love having my awesome friends there for me.
3 – Your thyroid does not simply control your metabolism… it controls a LOT of stuff
Here’s a great link that explains it in detail:
What is Your Thyroid and What Does it Do? The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the front of our necks. It stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. Thyroid hormone (Triiodothyronine or T3) regulates our metabolic rate and is associated with modest changes in body weight and energy levels. Major targets of thyroid hormone are the skeleton, the heart and the metabolic machinery of every cell. Although the thyroid weighs only about one ounce, it’s got a big job. Your thyroid affects just about every cell in your body, from your hair follicles to your toenails and everything in between.
Here’s a short list that shows everything that’s affected.
Heart and Cholesterol
It takes MONTHS for my hormone replacement therapy to start working right… and it’s going to be a struggle for the rest of my life to keep it at a good level.
4 – DRUGS
Here is a list of supplements I am now taking and what they do:
- Iodine 190 mcg. This trace mineral is essential for healthy thyroid function, yet with the reduction in salt intake, it’s estimated that millions of Americans are lacking it.
- Selenium 100 mcg. A critical mineral for healthy thyroid function, selenium also promotes healthy skin and hair.
Zinc 25 mg. Essential for healthy thyroid metabolism
- Copper 1.5 mg. Copper combines with certain proteins to help a number of body functions, including energy.
- Vitamins B1 50 mg., B2 25 mg., B3 50 mg., B6 100 mg., B12 100 mcg. These vitamins are involved in several processes including the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. In addition they boost energy, ease stress and fight fatigue.
- L-Tyrosine 100 mg. This amino acid plays a role in thyroid hormone production while also helping boost mental and physical stamina.
- Magnesium 310 mg. The fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, magnesium is involved in bone and mineral metabolism.
- Manganese 10 mg. Manganese is involved in lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.
- Irish Moss 75 mg. A red seaweed, Irish Moss is also known as chondrus crispus
I’m also taking LEVOTHRYOXINE to replace the hormone. FLUOXETINE, an antidepressant, TOPIMAX, for migraine headaches, CIMETIDINE, a histamine blocker, and TRAMADOL, for pain.
To treat my symptoms:
No more red meat. No soda. No nightshades (tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers) No junk food.
Sugars feed cancer. So does red meat. The nightshade family causes joint pain, which I’m already suffering from tremendously, I don’t need to make it worse. So no more pasta sauce unless its a garlic free homemade alfredo. Nothing tomato based… at all. I don’t like tomatoes, but I do like pasta sauce, marinara sauce, sloppy joes, etc. But, I like to be able to use my hands and walk like a normal person vs a 90 year old.
5 – EXERCISE PROGRAM
I joined the House of Wellness in Baraboo with Mike. It’s an excellent facility. I get a great discount through work, so that’s good. The pool is amazing. Right now, I’ve only been swimming, because that’s about all I can handle. But it’s good to be doing something. Eventually I’ll get back into my Zumba, do the treadmill and elliptical at the gym. Work on some weights! 🙂 Right now the pool and the AWESOME hottub are doing it for me.
I think that’s about it…
Love you all… be good. Hug your loved ones.