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:
- I wanted more information about a procedure where someone would be sticking a needle rilly rilly close to my windpipe.
- I wanted more information about the doctor performing the procedure. (Did I mention the windpipe?)
- 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?
- 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:
- Give myself six weeks of hard-core lifestyle change
- Research thyroid-related organizations and patient advocacy groups and get information from them about the issue, the options, and the support.
- Consult with holistic health practitioners about additional steps to take to holistically respond to the situation.
- Have a conversation with the endocrinologist about the biopsy procedure.
- 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.