Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Signs of Thyroid Cancer

The signs of thyroid cancer are similar to the signs of other forms of cancer...SILENT...

- Unless you're listening.

What do I mean?

Well, you have to be very in-tune with your body, otherwise you'll miss what your body is trying to tell you.

You see, your body is communicating with you every minute of the day. The problem is, you're not paying attention.

There are very subtle signs of thyroid cancer. They may even mimic an under-active thyroid.

These signs are the same signs you would get if you neglected your body for a few weeks with late nights, drinking, and fast food.

The Subtle Signs of Thyroid Cancer

In February of 2010, my wife was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, she and her doctors didn't know she had cancer until her thyroid was removed.

Months leading up to this point, she had subtle signs that something wasn't quite right.

She started to gain a few pounds and she was tired ALL the time.

I mean, she would get up after sleeping 9 or 10 hours and feel like she was hit by a truck - exhausted.

Now, here was the problem; she was working, we had two kids; our daughter Brook just turned 4 and Dean was still a baby, 1.5 years old.

On top of that, we were living with her parents, because we just sold our home and had to be out quick!

It was very hard for my wife to distinguish whether she had a health problem or it was the lifestyle of stress from work, living with her parents, and looking for a new home.

Plus, when you have two little people running around, you know you're not sleeping.

She was living a life she was not accustomed to, and it was hard for her to pay attention to herself when life was moving 100,000 miles per hour.

Can you relate?

There is research that suggests that cancer starts with a major stressful life event. It could be mental/emotional, physical trauma, or illness.

The point is...you have more control over your health than any doctor, hospital, or group of specialists.

It's the day-in-day-out habits you practice that will most likely decide your fate; this includes learning how to manage stress.

Your routine and habits might be the determining factor if you get thyroid cancer. And these habits will also determine how you overcome your disease.

However, it's not your fault.

You see, the medical community does a poor job of educating patients about their role in overcoming disease and preventing it.

It all starts with education.

If you don't know any better, how could you take the necessary steps toward protecting yourself?

But I'm here to tell you that it is my mission to create awareness.

The first thing you need to do is start listening to your body.

This is by far the most important skill in staying healthy.


Pay attention to how you feel everyday in the morning, before meals, after meals, midday, and at night. How are you sleeping?

Your body will change when your habits change; e.g., if you have a stressful event or a couple of nights of not sleeping, you'll feel the effect.

This is normal.

It's the signs that stick around, even when your routine hasn't changed, that are important to note.

Signs of Thyroid Cancer

So, what are the signs of thyroid cancer?

The same signs you would get if you had other forms of cancer and even some disease.

The number one symptom that something is not right is FATIGUE.

I'm not talking about the day after a late night out.

I'm referring to fatigue that won't let go.

Think about my wife who was still exhausted after sleeping 9 or 10 hours. That's fatigue.

When you don't think you're going to make it through your day without falling over - this is fatigue.

Fatigue doesn't mean you have or are going to get cancer, it just means there is something definitely wrong with your system.

Start making note of how you feel. Journaling would be a great idea. In fact, you could not only mark down how you feel, but also keep track of your sleeping and eating as well.

The more you know about how your body reacts and feels day in and day out, the better off you'll be.

Your job is to listen, because your body is talking.

The signs of thyroid cancer and some diseases are silent, but if you listen to your body and act quickly, you can overcome almost anything.

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