Practice the Pause: Here’s Why I Didn’t Get the Biopsy

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

December 24th, 2010 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

So as those of you following my blog know, I decided to ditch the biopsy a few weeks back. Admittedly, I had a meltdown on the morning I cancelled the procedure, but it was the right decision. I cancelled the appointment for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted more information about a procedure where someone would be sticking a needle rilly rilly close to my windpipe.
  2. I wanted more information about the doctor performing the procedure. (Did I mention the windpipe?)
  3. I wasn’t going to let them haul out my thyroid gland, even if Gd forbid the nodule turned out to get cancerous, so why put myself through the biopsy risk? 
  4. I was afraid and anxious. And as I have learned (the hard way) over the years, whenever I am afraid and/or anxious, I need to do what I call “practice the pause.” Take a breather. Get information. Check in with my mind, body, and spirit. It’s not a go sign, and it’s not a stop sign. It’s just a pause sign so that I move ahead in the best direction, with the best energy possible.

I decided to give myself a head-start on a lifestyle overhaul designed to naturally get rid of the nodule: I changed my diet to the following:

  • All vegan
  • All organic
  • No processed foods
  • No sugars of any kind (no honey, maple syrup…)
  • No fried foods
  • No gluten
  • No soy

In addition, my mom started giving me energy healing to get rid of the nodule, and I started regularly praying/meditating to that effect. Meanwhile I decided on the following action plan:

  1. Give myself six weeks of hard-core lifestyle change
  2. Research thyroid-related organizations and patient advocacy groups and get information from them about the issue, the options, and the support.
  3. Consult with holistic health practitioners about additional steps to take to holistically respond to the situation.
  4. Have a conversation with the endocrinologist about the biopsy procedure.
  5. Get a second ultrasound at the end of the six weeks, to get another picture of the nodule and make a decision from there

I met with the endo doc yesterday, and she was freakin amazing! She is one of the best doctors, if not the best doctor, I have ever worked with. In another post, I’ll tell you why.


Elana December 24th, 2010

Sounds like a great plan…. Sending you healing wishes and prayers for a good outcome!!!!!!

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