I have been dealing with thyroid nodules for the last 8 years. Two Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists advised me that I did not need surgery; one recommended that I needed it. Until last year, they did not irritate me. I almost opted to have surgery last year; however, a few weeks before I was scheduled to have surgery, I was told that my insurance would not cover all expenses. Was that a coincidence? No, not at all!
Doctors make surgery sound so simple. They would remove my entire thyroid, and I would have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I wasn’t comfortable with that. I was introduced to an herbalist that instructed me on my thyroid nodules. Basically, nodules form because the blood needs to be detoxed. You detox the blood and the liver with a healthy diet and herbal supplements. I took the recommended herbal supplements and ate a vegan diet for a month. (By vegan, I didn’t eat any meat, dairy, pasta, bread, or sweets). My nodules began to reduce in size.
I didn’t continue the vegan lifestyle, but I continued taking the supplements. I’ve always been a coffee lover, whether it’s plain coffee, cappuccino, or iced coffee. I wasn’t an alcohol drinker, but in the last few months, I begin indulging in red wine, about 2-3 glasses per week. I noticed that my nodules were beginning to grow and become irritating again. After discussing with my herbalist, he said that coffee and wine increases thyroid nodules.
I stopped drinking both immediately. Alcohol, coffee, and black tea are highly acidic. You hear conflicting reports about coffee; some articles say that it can have positive effects on your health and some say to avoid it. Wine is good for the heart, but you need to drink a good-quality wine to get the benefits.
I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that I do not eat pork, shrimp, crab, and lobster for religious reasons. Although beef, chicken, turkey, and certain fish (not shark or catfish) are acceptable to eat, I will most likely return to the vegan lifestyle. Meat is very acidic, and it is very important to keep your body alkaline. I would prefer being a vegan over having surgery and taking medication for life.
Since 2009, I’ve had thyroid nodules. Before that, doctors always thought that there were problems with my thyroid function because of my big eyes and skinny frame at that particular time. My thyroid function is normal. Thyroid nodules typically are not cancerous, but you are closely monitored. They can affect your breathing and your ability to talk and swallow. I didn’t have symptoms, but I can look at my neck and see the changes in size. Surgery would be too drastic unless there was a real need.
I’m sharing my story to encourage those that may be going through a similar situation with their health. Each year, I either have a biopsy or a thyroid ultrasound as a way to check for any changes. Last month, I scheduled a thyroid ultrasound and my routine mammogram on the same day. There weren’t any issues with that. I was only there for an hour or so. The next morning, 6:30 am to be exact, I get a call from my doctor’s office saying that the doctor wants to see me that day or the next day.
At 10:00 am, I’m at my doctor’s office. I knew that he was either going to tell me about the ultrasound or the mammogram. This is my primary care doctor. When he walks in, he tells me that he has bad news and that it’s CANCER. I’m speechless to say the least. He tells me that there’s nothing to worry about and that this type of cancer is curable; I would need to have surgery. He also said that it might not be cancer, but the radiologist was pretty confident that it was since the left nodule doubled in size. Before I left the office, I took a copy of my results with me.
I had an appointment with my Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist that Friday. When he saw the report, he said that it might not be cancer; I had to be positive. He referred me to a very reputable cytopathologist for a biopsy. She was able to see me that following Monday afternoon. She performed another ultrasound before doing the biopsy. Since 2009, I’ve had three of them, so I knew what to expect with the procedure.
Yesterday, I followed up with my ENT. Because of my strong faith, I was not worried about my results. My biopsy was benign, which means that I DO NOT HAVE CANCER! Of course, they will continue to monitor me, but I’m fine. By the way, my mammogram results were normal. I have family members that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I take that test very seriously. I do my best to take care of my body, physically and mentally. We live in a time where we need to be mindful of everything going on around us. Doctors aren’t always right. I never took life for granted; I will get the most out of life that I can.