The Health Baloney

☆ February 18, 2015

I’m having a lot of trouble writing everything I want to write here because I’m a mess at the moment – I’m distracted and stressed and feeling overwhelmed – so, I’ve decided to just do it in segments. Small, manageable bits that will hopefully become a cohesive story at the end. Here is the beginning.

Way back when I lived in San Francisco (2003), I noticed a bump/lump in my throat/thyroid area.  I was in the backseat of my aunt’s car and caught my reflection in her rearview mirror and saw this lump on my neck that seemed to have shown up literally overnight. I had it biopsied at UCSF and they said it was benign and to have a nice life and I’ve spent the last decade ignoring it. This past fall, I happened to feel another lump near it, which freaked me out, but I waited till the new year to investigate it because of my giant deductible – why do anything at the tail end of the year? Long (annoying, full of expletives) story short, I was finally able to see a thyroid specialist and surgeon at the beginning of February.

The appointment was supposed to be just a preliminary chat – prelude to a biopsy – but he took sixteen samples from my thyroid right then and there because he didn’t want to wait even a week till my next appointment for a biopsy. He said that UCSF should have had me back every six months for new biopsies and that the lump itself really should have been removed at the time because thyroid lumps like mine can become cancerous any time, even if a biopsy comes back benign. So I’ve been living with a time bomb in my body and didn’t even know it.

The results from the biopsy came back benign, hallelujah. I will have surgery to remove my entire thyroid next week (his ultrasound showed lumps and cysts and calcium deposits all over, it was a mess). The surgeon is awesome. Not local but near-ish, and he has a ton of experience with this procedure so I trust him with a knife to my throat. Then my whole thyroid will be tested in it’s entirety for the C-word.

I cannot end this post without acknowledging the emails and comments and support I’ve received over the past weeks from you Out There. Thank you. I have more to say on the matter, but in the meantime: you have opened me more than the surgeon will next week. I bow to you.


149 Responses to “The Health Baloney”

  1. Leisa
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:31 am

    I will be praying for a successful surgery and swift recovery!

  2. Lisa
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:33 am

    Sending you many healing prayers for the surgery!

  3. Marla
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:42 am

    My deepest healing vibes go to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. If you were to be in my area (which is nearish), I would be happy to pay you a visit. :)

  4. annnoe
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    Best of health to you, and quick healing!

  5. hello haha narf
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    praying even harder than before. sending love and healing energy from my home in pittsburgh.

  6. Deborah
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:47 am

    Keeping good thoughts for your surgeon’s steady hands and your complete recovery.

  7. Amy
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:49 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that. It must be awful and overwhelming to deal with just the health aspects, let alone the financial burden that comes with it. I have a deadbeat thyroid that requires a daily chemical prod to get off the couch and make something of its damn self, and the effects of something messing with that very essential hormonal process can be debilitating. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling.

    Long story short, hope you can feel the warmth your readers feel for you. We’ll all have our fingers crossed for you.

  8. Pam
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    ok, thryroidectomy, no big deal. :-) & you KNOW I say that from my medical experience. & also with great joy as the biopsies have all been benign. This surgery is more common than you may think and you will be fine.
    & no, I am NOT making light of this situation, I am trying not to be depressing about it for you as I know how strong you are and will get through this easily. Your wonderful spirit and all the love you will receive from “us” , your faraway friends, will carry you through. You KNOW I care about you very much and am only going to be praying and thinking about you till you give us another update after surgery.

    *****maybe you should share the link again here for your donation page so people can find it easily and maybe donate this time around , if they haven’t already.

  9. Deanna
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and for a quick recovery.

  10. Amy N.
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:02 am

    Thank you for sharing, so I can keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Somehow it’s easier for me to do that when I know what I’m praying for. So, thank you for sharing. Sending peace, love and light…and prayers, for you and the surgeon.

  11. Janey
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    Many Blessings to you as you walk this path to wholeness. You contribute so much to so many lives. Many prayers for your healing.

  12. ClaireB
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Just to share my story. I have a friend that went through the same procedure with a wonderful outcome. Anything to do with doctors and hospitals is scary and the fact you like your doctor is reassuring. Keep us posted on it all. You have many prayers and love coming your way.

  13. Liza
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    Sending healing vibrations and hoping you have an easy surgery, a good biopsy result, and a quick recovery.

  14. easternpanther
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    I am so glad the tumors are benign….and this is why the “big docs” at UCLA aren’t worth the reputations they stand on much of the time. Beams of light and healing towards you. I am sure they told you that you’ll be on synthroid or something similar after the surgery. It’s way less of a big deal than I thought it would be, one tiny pill in the morning. Still. Pills.

    HUGS to you and all the kids!

  15. Taryn
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    I’m sorry you have to go through this, but thankful it was benign. I will be thinking of you this coming week and wish you speedy healing.

  16. Laurie
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Hi Shreve
    I had my Thyroid removed 4 years ago because of C word – its a strange procedure but I had to go thru a radiation treatment where I swallowed radioactive pills and had to stay away from family & pets for a few days.
    the struggle I have now is the low energy. Every day I fight it and make myself exercise!
    have faith in the doctors & follow their instructions & you will be fine.

  17. Anna
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    Echoing Pam’s thoughts here: yes, there is something you must do in order to take good care of yourself. But what needs to be done isn’t exotic or arcane, and having done that, you have every reason to believe that you will be well afterwards – even if they DO find cancer. As my doctor said, ‘expect to live a full life span and die of something else.’

    Hang on with everything you’ve got to a sense of optimism. Allow your heart to be open to the possibility that the only long range implications are a short scar and taking a tiny, inexpensive pill every day. Small prices in the greater scheme of life.

    We’re all cheering for you!!!!!! Years from now, looking back, I’m hoping your major sense is that this was damned inconvenient. And nothing more. :-)

  18. pogonip
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Benign is a wonderful word to hear! I know there are mega-amounts of positivity being sent your way from all corners of the universe as you navigate this challenge. You are in our thoughts, Shreve.

  19. onirical
    February 18th, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    All the very best and a quick recovery Shreve.

  20. sybil
    February 18th, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    All my love and best wishes sister of my heart. XO

  21. SusanFirsttimemom39
    February 18th, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    Benign is wonderful news! Being on thyroid medication the rest of your life stinks but at least you’ll be alive :) I’m assuming you will be on medication.

    Knife to throat – wowzer! Sending you prayers and hugs from a longtime supporter, follower and I’m deeply in love with Charlie, you and family.


  22. Scotty
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    i told my cat all about your health scare and she decided i was to receive a woopin upside the head. we were very upset! then it was nap time and all was right in the world again. best wishes for you s~. p.s. my doctor told me to avoid any unnecessary stress, so i didn’t pay his bill.

  23. molly
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

    Holding you in the light.

  24. NG in NH
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    Shreve, I join with all the others who send you their prayers for getting through this and on to the other side. You have a huge support network which will help you tremendously. So glad you have confidence in your surgeon, too — that’s a big deal.
    Much love.

  25. Emma Bull
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    I’ll be thinking of you! And we’ll welcome you to the Sisterhood of the Little Scar at the Base of the Throat (it seems women are more likely to get thyroid tumors than men).

    Stuff I can tell you beforehand: the scar will look awful, but it really will fade and shrink until it’s just a short, pale line, I promise. And until it does– Well, my endocrinologist suggested I tell people I’d been in a knife fight. Heh.

    My vocal folds were stiff for a while afterwards, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to sing the way I had before the surgery. But that went away, too. Good thing, because my old band’s having a reunion concert this year. Yaayy!

    Stuff specific to me: I had a ping-pong-ball-sized malignant tumor in my thyroid two years ago. My thyroid was removed, and I take levothyroxine every day. Because thyroid problems are so common, it’s a very inexpensive prescription from most brick-and-mortar and on-line pharmacies.

    Any surgery can be scary stuff, but this one’s about as routine as a gland removal can be. You’ll be okay. And the Sisterhood will be there for you.

  26. Ericka
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    You’ve got this woman!! You are one of the strongest women I (dont) know, but I’ve been following you for some time now and I know you have MOXIE!! Having positive thoughts for you and a quick recovery.

  27. Susie B
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    Shreve, If this is any encouragement, I will share my experience with you, too. I neglected regular physicals until I decided to retire about five years ago. First one turned up thyroid lumps. Did the biopsy, found cancer. I had the surgery and they also removed some lymph glands. Went home the next day, because I asked to stay in the hospital that night to save my husband worry and anxiety taking care of me. When I went home, I had minimal pain — like a not so bad case of strep throat. Medication took care of it. You won’t need the radiation therapy I had, so it’s just some thyroid medicine and extra calcium. I feel GREAT. My only problem is gaining weight as the doctor reduced the thyroid medication amount over time, and it affected my metabolism. Scar is invisible. You’re going to sail right through this and come out grinning.

  28. Wo
    February 18th, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Hoping you have a quick recovery Shreve so you can get back to that farmily of yours. Will be sending healing thoughts to you!!! Wo

  29. Christina
    February 18th, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Keep your head high and good luck to you. I am a member of the “C” club and luckily, went through the treatment 10 years ago and all is well so far! Recover well and try not to worry. I know it’s hard not too but really, there is nothing to worry about until we have something to worry about. Heal quickly after the surgery. Look forward to your continued writings about the farmily, etc.

  30. wright1
    February 18th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

    Your stress is entirely understandable and unfortunately unavoidable. But it sounds like luck and a good physician are with you.

    Beyond that, your healthy and overall positive lifestyle should make recovery go well and quickly. You have a well-demonstrated physical and mental strength and are surrounded by people and animals who care for you. You’ll be fine.

  31. Barbara
    February 18th, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    Sending healing thoughts your way. I care and wish you well.

  32. Vee
    February 18th, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

    Sending you positive vibes ~

  33. bonnie
    February 18th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

    bummer. really glad to hear that it’s benign tho, and that you’ve found someone who can help you eliminate your collection of quirks before they can turn into something more difficult to remove. my thyroid went into retirement a number of years ago. it’s still sitting there in my throat, but it doesn’t do much. so i take the daily little pill now too — and what a blessing it is! i thought i was too old to be getting a ‘second wind’, but that gives it to me, and i’m still going strong. you are young and strong and healthy. getting thru the surgery will be somewhat shitty of course, but you will get thru it, your body will adjust, and you will still be you! love, love, love

  34. montanarose
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    Shreve, thanks for sharing what’s been going on with you — I’ve had you on my mind; so it’s nice to hear “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say. Glad that everything is benign, and it’s probably just as well that they’re taking extra stuff out too, as long as they’re in the neighborhood, lest it give you more problems down the line. Yeah; surgery/hospitalization is a hassle, but much less than it used to be — I assume you’ll be in a good facility that has all the modern conveniences (good docs, nurses, drugs, etc.) — and before you know it you’ll be back snuggling with Charlie, Mike, and all those lovely cows (can’t imagine snuggling with chickens, though). It will be springtime: lots of new life and new energy all around! And you’ll have a great reason to consider adding even MORE great necklaces to your collection ;-)

  35. oksana
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    sending you love and light for a speedy
    recovery ~

  36. Felyne
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    I have no faith in doctors, they’re just people who’ve read more books on a certain subject than we have. I’m sorry you’ve had to experience it first hand.

    All the warmest, fluffiest positivity vibes I can create are yours, Shreve. Much good care.


  37. Felyne
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    PS – if you’re scared, I’ll hold your hand.

  38. Marva
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

    Hey Shreve! You are an active, healthy woman who inspires many, many people to grab on to life and go for a ride! All will be well as this is rather common. I know other women with similar conditions and all are fine now. Note: I also take a synthetic thyroid daily. Do increase your calcium intake!

    Just for good healing, here is an ancient Hebrew prayer Moses said when his sister Miriam was taken ill. אל נא רפא נא לה pronounced el na, refa na la — “please, God, heal her.” I recite this prayer twice a day and will think of you each time.


  39. kathy g
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    You are a strong woman. This will be just a blip on your big picture. You will be running with Charlie in no time. My thought and prayers are with you…

  40. bonnie
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

    and yes, it is hard for us independent types to have to contemplate needing to take a little pill every day for the rest of our lives (especially when we can’t manufacture them ourselves), but we do know where the lessons are in that. may the grace be with you :)

  41. sherri
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    I read this with a chill down my spine. Prayers and well wishes from Canada for a speedy recovery from surgery.

  42. Renee
    February 18th, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Much love and support for you! You are positive and STRONG!

  43. Heather
    February 18th, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

    This is good news, Shreve! But as a 10 year thyroid cancer survivor, I understand how this could also be a bummer for you. Taking the pill every day can be annoying especially when they are trying to find your sweet spot with the dosage, but it’s one of those health situations where you’re just thankful it isn’t something much worse. And they even have a more natural thyroid medication (Armour Thyroid) now if you want to stay away from the chemical heavy alternatives. Even in cases of cancer diagnosis the prognosis is so much better than any other cancer and I even tell people when it comes up “Oh it’s ok. It’s a good cancer!” They always look at me like I’m insane. ;) It does seem to be more common nowadays. I think it’s linked to fluoride in our water as fluoride is what they use to suppress a hyperactive thyroid, so it makes sense that if we are ingesting it with normal thyroid function then it’s going to suppress us into hypo territory and all the resulting problems that arise from that.

    Sending all kinds of positive thoughts and happy vibes your way that it’s just a wonky thyroid that must be evicted from your body. Oh and a little tidbit of advice for after your surgery. I was afraid I would end up coughing a lot and agitate my incision so my surgeon said I could take Delsym and that stuff is a miracle cough suppressant! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  44. CeeBee
    February 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

    Thank you for always being willing to share your life with us — the ups as well as the downs. This site is the first place I go to when I boot up my computer, and you’ve never failed me. Charlie starts out my every morning! Am sending out healing thoughts and prayers for you (and a belly rub for Charlie).

    (My grandmother and her sisters had their thyroids successfully removed back in the 1930s — goiter was the diagnosis. Seemed to be common back then because table salt wasn’t iodized. Have you experienced any physical symptoms other than the lumps?)

  45. Bev
    February 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

    Shreve, I’m so sorry for the stress and anxiety that this is causing. I hope for successful surgery, a good report and quick recovery. You are in my prayers.

  46. Ana D.
    February 18th, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    So very glad to hear it’s benign again. If good hopes, wishes and positive thoughts are enough to heal you, than know that you have them in abundance from the people known, and unknown, here in your internet community.

    Again, thank you for sharing yourself ongoing so generously and courageously.

    Love from NY

  47. Debbie lee
    February 18th, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

    Thinking of you Shreve. Keep us up to date. All will be well. Xx

  48. Catherine
    February 18th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

    They will remove all that mess and you will be fine again, like new ! So how much will you have to pay out of pocket, and do you have it. I know it’s blunt but what do you need?
    Give us some real figures , so we can help, we can buy more stuff or press the donate button….I have not got a clue how much that stuff cost…

  49. Lisa K
    February 18th, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    Sending healing thoughts your way…

  50. Evelyn
    February 18th, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

    Sending healing thoughts your way and I hope all goes well. Keep the beautiful image of your home and “farmily” in your mind over the coming period of time and that will help you through

  51. B
    February 18th, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    Will be thinking of you and hoping it all goes smoothly! (My bunnies send their calm, meditative (and hungry, apparently, as they’re both at the hay right now) energies as well.)

  52. Patricia Long
    February 18th, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Shreve, I am so happy to hear that cancer was not found. I’ve a friend who had her thyroid removed for cancer. But she recovered quickly and has no noticed scar. I am really sorry that you were misinformed by the LA doctor. With your positive attitude I know you will do very well. I will, of course, be praying for you!

  53. Cristina
    February 18th, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

    I am sending you almost infinite amounts of positive energy and happy thoughts during your procedure. On the plus side, you’ll be able to have all the ice cream that you want so stock up!!!

    Take care of yourself!

  54. Steph in Oregon
    February 18th, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us Shreve. I am grateful that you did. I am also grateful that you have found a great doctor that you trust. I will be sending healing energy and positive thoughts. Please, if there is anything that will help–let us know.
    Take good care.

  55. Maggie
    February 18th, 2015 @ 8:33 pm


    Thank you for sharing what is truly a very personal time in your life. I am sending you waves of healing thoughts and prayers. Be well. Love to you and your beautiful family.
    – Maggie

    P.S. Let us know how we can help.

  56. Lynne
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    I suspect the most worrisome part of this is already behind you…the waiting to find out the diagnosis. Now you can concentrate on KNOWING that you have found the right surgeon and that he will guide you through this. Your positive attitude will help your healing as much as anything else. Good for your surgeon to not make you wait another week for the biopsies. Thank you for letting us know what you know. All our good vibes will find you! Anger at the inept physician a decade ago will only distract you…THINK POSITIVE, Shreve! You will come through this stronger than ever!

  57. Janice in GA
    February 18th, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

    Very best wishes and good thoughts to you, and quick and thorough healing!

  58. Theresa Szpila
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

    Oh, Shreve,

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I can only imagine the enormity of the stress you’ve been under.

    But you will come out the other side and you will be well. You have everything going for you – you’re young, healthy, fit and live an optimum lifestyle. I’m grateful it’s benign, especially given the ten years (at least) that this has been brewing.

    I’m also grateful you have cows – perfect source for that calcium you’re going to need – milk, cream (whipped and otherwise), home-made ice cream and cheese! The rest will be taken care of by a small and inexpensive pill.

    I can’t tell you how furious I am that UCSF mishandled your health so cavalierly. My first thought was, “sue the b*st*rds for malpractice,” but that, right now at least, would be a waste of your spiritual energy. So, instead, try to focus on yourself, your surgery/surgeon, and your recovery.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Also with your surgical team – that they will all be well-rested and at the very top of their game while you are in their hands.

    Sending hugs and all blessings!

  59. Teaspoon
    February 18th, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    I don’t comment often, but please know you’ll be in my thoughts. I’m sorry you’re having to go through this, and I hope you find comfort and healing where you can.

  60. 1step closer
    February 19th, 2015 @ 6:38 am

    Know you and your farmily are in my thoughts and prayers.

  61. TomT
    February 19th, 2015 @ 7:45 am

    So glad you didn’t wait any longer. I love how the new doc didn’t wait either. sounds like you have a good one. I know things will be fine and sometimes with health scares there’s an upside as we tend to take even better care of ourselves afterward. Looking forward to more updates.

  62. Holly
    February 19th, 2015 @ 8:00 am

    Ah Shreve, I know exactly where you are at this moment. You will come through this with flying colours. I had the same issue back in 2003, and had a partial thyroidectomy. Thankfully it too tested benign. It had nodules growing and whatever else. I get it checked all the time now, and will be on thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I was also told over time the remaining half would eventually stop working, as my thyroid is hypo as opposed to hyper. I can live with this.
    I know your surgery will go well, and hopefully you will be home the same day..Take care Shreve, will be thinking of you lots. Much love to you…

  63. Elaine ~ TX
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:04 am

    Shreve, you will be in my thoughts and prayers and sending you blessing of healing as well.

    To ALL of you wonderful people who have written,
    I also have thyroid issues that I am trying to correct naturally, having your thyroid removed is NOT a good idea. PLEASE everyone grab a copy of OVERCOMING THYROID DISORDERS by Dr. David Brownstein and read ALL the things that mess up our thyroid – but the biggest factor of it not working is not having enough IODINE in our bodies!! All the fluoride, chloride, bromine and other poisons that enter our bodies leach IODINE from our bodies. I am taking 25 mg of IODINE every day along with a couple of other supplements to make the iodine work better. If you don’t believe me try this experiment at home ~ get a small bottle of iodine that is in your first aid kit and put a little bit on the bottom of one of your feet before you go to bed. Look at your foot in the morning and if it is all absorbed you need it badly! Your thyroid is the “starter button” in our body that has so many functions that I would not ever consider having it removed. Yes, I take Synthroid every day, but I am going to be doing everything in my power to take other things to support and heal it.
    Dr. Brownstein gives case studies of people who were going to have their thyroid removed and after help from him didn’t have too. Also like the one person said above having it removed leads to low energy and other problems.
    Dr. B’s other book “IODINE Why you need it and why you can’t live without it” needs to be read by the entire planet and then maybe we can get manufactures to quit putting poison in our food. Bromine is what people but in their hot tubs to keep them clean – guess what is in 90% of the bake goods we eat – Bromine!?!?! Look at Monsanto and all the GMO corn and wheat that is in the market. I truly believe that the food manufactures and pharmaceutical companies are in koo-hoots to keep the world population sick so profits can be made. I will grant you there is a time and place for hospitals and doctors – but for the most part we all need to do the research for natural products to keep ourselves healthy as possible. Love, light,blessings and good health to ALL!!

  64. Dogmom
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:19 am

    Dear Shreve, dear
    Thanks for sharing with your invisible crowd out here. Sending all the healing light out to you now and next week. I have nothing to give you but positive energy, but you have it all! Rest easy, girl.

  65. ChrisH
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    Sending you positive thoughts and warm, let-this-be-the-end-of-the-story karma. I hope it’s a smooth procedure and you heal quickly.

  66. Wendy B.
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    Hooray for you! (hug) I guess one of the many lessons here is, if you don’t feel comfortable with what a doctor has said, find a second opinion. But I know from personal experience that’s hard to do. I’m so glad you found one who is really trying to help you. Snuggle a Charlie, a Chloe and a kitty.

  67. Phyllis Schmidt
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    Good luck, fast healing; Mike, Charlie and the Farmily will be waiting to take care of you.
    You will be fine—you are darn tough!!

  68. mj
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

    Shreve, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your surgeon. You are healthy and active, both of which will serve you well in recovery. Going into surgery with a positive attitude will also go a long way to assisting you in healing and recovery. I speak as a veteran of 4 spinal surgeries and unfortunately about another half dozen surgeries. No, I’m not a hypochondriac. I’m healthy, but structurally a mess! I believe in a positive outlook and exercise, as well as following doctors orders and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right.

    The power of prayer, from so many, will also help you through. We are all pulling for you and the success of the surgery!

  69. Amy T.
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    Hi Shreve – sending you the biggest hug right now. Yes, you’re angry and more than a little scared, but channel that energy into staying positive and calm – it will help your recovery. I know a few female friends who have had a thyroidectomy, and my 47 year old brother had it done two years ago – everyone is doing very well, feeling healthy. You will too – very soon. You already take good care of yourself and are starting from a place of strength. I have thyroid issues as well – hypothyroidism that led to Hashimoto’s, which is an automimmune disease…my thryoid attacks itself. I take replacement that is a compounded T3/T4 combination capsule and is bioidentical for my body. You might want to look into that as it is a very natural. If pharmacies near you do not compound, there are several here in Los Angeles that I can recommend, and which will ship to you.

    Take a deep breath and know it will all be ok. I am sending healing prayers your way! And please let Mike and the Farmily take care of you for a change – you do so much for everyone else! Xo

  70. Katie H
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Hi Shreve,

    I consider you my friend and always send light and love your way- may you have a speedy recovery, have a peaceful relationship with your body, may the farmily be at ease and no fucking cancer. As always, thank you for sharing your life with us.

  71. bruno
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    good luck, shreve.
    let’s hope you don’t have any more surprises / nasty s**t like that in the future.
    knock on wood.

  72. Lindsay
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    Oh honey. I’m thinking of you and hoping you heal quickly and you’re back on your feet in no time.

    Sending lots of love, well wishes, light and healing your way. In the meantime, immerse yourself with your animals – they will most certainly help you try to wrap your head around this difficult time.


  73. Caitlin
    February 19th, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    My heart sunk when I began to read this article. You are a part of more people’s lives than you will ever know. Like the others, I am so very glad to hear the the bumps are currently benign and that you have a solid plan of action with a doctor you trust. Sending love to you, your loved ones, and the entire farmily. This is just a little bump in a long and winding road.

  74. LJ
    February 19th, 2015 @ 11:17 am

    I don’t know what to say, as I have no medical knowledge whatsoever. Just know I (as well as so many others on this page) care and am thinking of you. Please remember to take extra care of yourself and if you ever need anything, please let us know.
    **Picture the largest group hug you could ever imagine surrounding you during this time.***

  75. nancy dickie
    February 19th, 2015 @ 11:21 am

    I was so relieved to read that the thyroid lumps were benign. I have friends who have had their thyroids removed. They are absolutely fine now. I am feeling so confident that the surgery will go well and you will have a speedy recovery. Sending you little prayers and positive vibes.
    Hugs, Nancy

  76. Miranda
    February 19th, 2015 @ 11:28 am

    Wishing you all the best for a successful surgery and full recovery. Time for Mike and Charlie to go into full on loving here for ya mode.

  77. Barbara
    February 19th, 2015 @ 11:31 am

    Prayers for your well being and good energy straight to you…..

  78. keek
    February 19th, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    All the best to you for a speedy recovery.

  79. Colleen G
    February 19th, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    I am sending you hugs from afar and please know you are in my prayers. You will be fine, I just know it. Try not to stress and I am wishing you a very speedy recovery. Lots of love and hugs to you.

  80. Rosemarie Mendes
    February 19th, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    I have read The Daily Coyote blog ever since reading your book about Charlie in 2009.
    I have written you infrequently, but I will keep you in my thoughts for a speedy recovery. There are so many of us that feel we know you through your photographs and writings. There is no question about the wide circle of love and caring that surrounds you. Once this is over you’ll be as good as new.

  81. Hannah
    February 19th, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

    My sister had a similar scare with a thyroid lump showing itself virtually overnight, and all turned out benign. She is currently in the “monitoring” stage. It can be so frightening. She let it dominate her life for a while; you are too strong and sensible for that, I know you are. So much love and light to you.

  82. TB
    February 19th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    Best wishes for an easy surgery and speedy recovery. <3

  83. Chana
    February 19th, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

    Adding my voice to your internet circle of friends: Heal well and quickly.

  84. Kiri
    February 19th, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    The very best of luck with the procedure, Shreve! Hope all is well and you have a speedy recovery!

  85. Karen
    February 19th, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

    I wish you strength and love along with a healthy outcome. Thanks for sharing with us.

  86. Kathleen
    February 19th, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    Love and Light to you Shreve. My fiancee told his doctor that his neck hurt, and the Dr. told him thyroid cancer isn’t painful so that can’t be it. Two years later and another Dr., he had it and most of the local lymph nodes removed as it was full of cancer, and he went through 3 rounds of chemo/radiation that should have left him with lymphoma to battle after that. He had to stay feet away from any person or animal after the radioactive iodine treatments, and could not hold his new child for a long time. It makes me angry that the Dr’s in his and your case didn’t do the right thing from the beginning. I’m glad you have someone good now, and I’m sure you’ll come through with flying colors!

  87. JoDi
    February 19th, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

    Wishing you all the best as you go through surgery and recovery! ((Hugs))

  88. Chris W
    February 19th, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

    Best wishes….I’ll be sending positive your way

  89. volt
    February 19th, 2015 @ 5:43 pm

    #22. rimshot. he’ll be there all night folks.

    how fortunate to be receiving all this collective positive energy!

    it’s going to be ok. sending very best wishes.

  90. Luci
    February 19th, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

    I, too, had to have my thyroid removed years ago. They did find two small spots of cancer on it and I had the subsequent radioactive iodine treatment. The surgery and treatment were relatively easy and not painful for me at all. Good luck! I’ll be looking for your updates!

  91. Lyn
    February 19th, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

    Shreve, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    If you will let us know what day the surgery is scheduled for, the group could send love and light your way on that day.

    Hey everybody, how about it? Let’s send blessings to Shreve the day of the procedure.

  92. Beverly Murphy
    February 19th, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

    you are a strong woman and will come through this with positive results
    as Lyn # 91 says-if you can post when surgery is we will all be there for you with love and strength
    peace and love

  93. amy
    February 19th, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    I had the exact same situation happen in 2002. Just out of school… thought it was a wayward lymph node. Had it removed a year later, surgically. And have been ever since. I have to get my blood levels checked every 6 months, am on thyroid meds for life (they are cheap) and get an ultrasound once a year (because, interestingly, my right lobe grew back (the thyroid can come back, like a gecko tail, if a tiny piece is left) to monitor the teeny tiny tumor that is starting to form.
    Most thankful for the stable thyroid hormone situation… because the tumor made my levels go all over the place and that shit makes you crazy.
    Good luck, things will be fine!

  94. amy
    February 19th, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

    Edited to add- you should discuss leaving the tiniest bit of the thyroid with your surgeon… my hormone dose is very very low because one entire functioning lobe grew back. The other side did as well, though very small.
    My surgeon was at the University of Chicago and is an expert on thoracic surgery; it was his recommendation.

    Just a thought!

  95. Andi
    February 19th, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    I have followed The Daily Coyote and the farmily practically from the beginning but have never commented. This, however, warrants a comment for sure!
    Sending ALL the good vibes and healing thoughts I can muster!! Good Luck!!

  96. mlaiuppa
    February 19th, 2015 @ 9:49 pm


    All things considered that is the best result ever as long as all of the test results are also negative.

    As for losing your thyroid, you’ll take pills for the rest of your life. Not that big a deal considering the alternative (keeping your lumps and possible future cancer.)

    My thyroid doesn’t function as well as it should and I have to supplement it with pills. Since I was 20. And thyroid pills are probably the least toxic of a lot of medicines you could take.

    Your thyroid controls a lot of stuff so you may find some other changes after the dust settles.

    For instance, have you been noticing your voice getting lower or huskier? Well, it may clear up after all this.

    Have you been tired, lack energy or ambition for physical projects? Well, you may find your energy level improving.

    Once you are on the pills they’ll test you every three months to finalize the doses and then you’ll be good to go. Maybe a yearly test with every Rx renewal.

    Of all the things to have wrong with you, this is probably the best. It is no where near as bad as having diabetes or cancer.

    Best wishes for a flawless surgery and speedy recovery.

  97. Patr
    February 20th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    96 comments – – – here is 97

    WE LOVE YOU!!!

    I LOVE YOU!!!

    Your words and photography touches us….. You make us smile, think, cry.

    I’ll be praying for you and the surgeon’s steadfast hands.

  98. sue
    February 20th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    I am learning to appreciate things about myself that I had labeled as something ‘wrong’ with me. These things instead are tools I can use to find my strengths. Our bodies are very wise, and have much to teach us.

    Many blessings to you.

  99. Deanna too
    February 20th, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    Thank you for letting us know what’s doing, Shreve. I reined in my imagination very early on because it could have tortured me. I know nothing of thyroids but it sounds like something that can be replaced with med(s) and won’t cramp your style too much. If there’s ANYTHING we can do, in addition to sending $$, please say the word.

  100. mlaiuppa
    February 20th, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    I’m evaluating non-fiction secondary books for our collection today and I ran across a health series with a book specifically on thyroid cancer.

    Here are some tidbits for those wishing more information.

    Most iodine consumed today comes from table salt. Other good sources are seafood and dairy products.

    The epithelial thyroid cells secrete T4 and T3. The parafollicular cells produce a hormone that regulates use of calcium.

    Thyroid hormone is a cyclical process the amount of hormone produced reacting to the level of “final product” in the blood.

    The hypothalmus produces TRH which stimulates the pituitary which produces TSH which stimulates the thyroid to produce T3 and T4 which attaches to blood proteins produced by the liver. They travel through the body and attach to receptors that control rate of oxygen used, energy from food, etc.

    As the T3 and T4 levels rise, sensors monitor it’s level and signal the hypothalmus to produce more or less TRH.

    Even benign tumors can affect functions of organs.


    Thyroid cancer is the least fatal type of cancer.

    97% of people who develop thyroid cancer are still alive 5 years later.

    Symptoms of too much thyroid: nervousness, excessive hunger, weight loss, sleeplessness, feeling too warm, irregular heartbeat.

    Symptoms of too little thyroid: weight gain, fatigue (lack of energy), sensitivity to cold.

    Nodules in the neck can also effect lymphnodes and parathyroid glands causing problems with calcium levels.

    After the thyroid is removed the patient replaces the T3 and T4 hormones with a synthetic hormone called levothyroxine. (note: Personally, I can’t take generic but must take Synthroid. Your mileage may vary.) The two commonly prescribed versions are Synthroid and Levothroid. (note: you can also have a compound made by a pharmacy using more natural ingredients but it’s harder to regulate the dose.)

  101. Ailsa
    February 20th, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    Oh gosh, Shreve. I read this with a whole bunch of trepidation. Even though we’ve never met, I feel as though we have — I know, everyone says that. Nothing can ever happen to you because you are needed on this planet. You give so much joy and balance and peace to everyone who has the great good fortune of reading your posts and seeing your life in pictures. Please take care and know that we are all standing next to you as you go in for this procedure, wishing you well and a swift recovery.

  102. Evette
    February 20th, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    Your post touched me so. I send you love, light, peace, blessings and a multitude of angels to carry you through this. Earth angel, you have changed my life through your book, websites, posts, courage, beef and life. May you be surrounded by angels of many forms who will bless and touch yours. Today and tomorrow and forever.

  103. Yvonne Daniel
    February 20th, 2015 @ 7:40 pm

    Shreve, I can only say that I know you will go through the surgery with flying colors and you’ll be a-ok! So many fans are rooting for you and I’m sending you positive and healing karma. May your guardian angels watch over you as you heal and return to good health once again.

  104. Sharon McGough
    February 20th, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

    My heart sank when I read what you have been dealing with over the uncertainty of your thyroid. Perhaps the best part of the story is you are meeting this situation head-on, and you have confidence in your surgeon. You are making good solid decisions, however little enthusiasm you feel for having to be a patient, submitting to surgery,.. regulate thyroid function w medicine for life. Not ideal, however, it is very manageable once you tiptoe past this cage of tigers, (the actual surgery). My best wishes for a speedy recovery, and I am sending good will your way.

  105. Carla
    February 20th, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

    Mlaiuppa, I learned a lot from your post. Thanks for the good summary. People are so used to hearing about thyroid problems that hardly anyone reacts when they hear of yet another surgery like Shreve’s. There are doctors, though, who seem to really question the necessity of removing it.

  106. Donna
    February 20th, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    Hi Shreve, I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before – I’m mostly a lurker, girl of few words….usually. :0) I do love your website and check it regularly. I’m so sorry to hear about your health woes. I’m sending my best wishes, thoughts and “vibes” from up here in Langley, BC, Canada. I am hypothyroid and have had to take that little pill for over 20 years now. Tried to go off of it a few times but realized that I just have to have that little pill otherwise I just go into “slow-mo” function. :0( I have recently switched from Synthroid to Dessicated Thyroid and seem to be doing better on this medication – had to tweak the dosage a little. I just thought I’d mention that (as others have) so you know you have options with regards to your meds. Best wishes!

  107. christine valle
    February 20th, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

    Get this behind you and enjoy awesome health, the farmily and life.

    We NEED chicken videos.

  108. shreve
    February 21st, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    C & M ~ Yes, the vast majority of thyroid nodules, percentage-wise, are benign – Google told me this, too, years ago, which is why I never felt the need for surgery or to even go back for a check up, especially since my thyroid functioned just fine. But to see first-hand, on my surgeon’s ultrasound, that I have somewhere in the ballpark of 100 nodules and growths on my thyroid changes the meaning of the statistic just a bit. I have to mention this because, as helpful as the internet is, it can be ill-advised to diagnose oneself or others through the screen.

    If I had to give advice based on my experience, it would be to get all reports in writing and ask a million annoying WHY questions when seeing a doc. WHY are you making the determination/diagnosis/recommendation you are making, doc? It never occurred to me to do this when I was in my early 20s, and it’s pretty common conditioning to just say, “OK” and leave it at that.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOU WONDERFUL SOULS!!!! You’ve given me insight and comfort and helped me feel far more positive about next week. Your words and wishes and love and light have turned me into one big smile.

  109. shariu
    February 21st, 2015 @ 10:53 am


  110. bonnie
    February 21st, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    i’m glad you haven’t told us the exact day of your procedure. we can all send our love and good wishes all week long, and you’ll be able to just lay back into that pillow of support whenever you need to. thank you for being you.

  111. Jane
    February 21st, 2015 @ 5:43 pm

    Good luck with your surgery…and recovery..Will be sending ++++thoughts your way.

  112. Heidi
    February 21st, 2015 @ 7:28 pm

    You are young, strong, and have all the good wishes of the people inside your computer – a winning combination!

  113. Karen
    February 21st, 2015 @ 11:36 pm

    I’m glad you had some good news with the bad news… and a good doctor makes a HUGE difference. Hoping for continued good health after your surgery!!!!! Rest well–

  114. Moni
    February 22nd, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Oh, God. Praying for you next week. Don’t be scared. And let your man take good care of you when this hurdle is over. Rest. You are in good hands. God bless.

  115. Charly
    February 22nd, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    Very best wishes to you for a smooth surgery and uneventful recovery. We will all be thinking of you and sending healing vibes, and we’ll all look forward to hearing from you as soon as you are feeling better. I’m a medical librarian, so if you need any information as you go through this process, just let me know, and I’ll be glad to send information from our medical school library resources.

  116. Sue
    February 22nd, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

    Thinking of you during this scary time. I have been reading a lot to find answers to my own health issues. The thyroid is one of the most critical for our optimal health. Please check out books by Ken Blanchard as well as Mary Shalom. Wishing you the very best and sending love. You inspire me. Every time I visit your site, I smile and feel good.

  117. Martha E.
    February 23rd, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Be well, Shreve. My little voice says everything will be fine. ~)

  118. Sherri
    February 23rd, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    Strength to you during the scary-OMG-health scare-surgery-recovery time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I KNOW you can do it, you have shown strength to soooo many…… and you have overcome so much in your life already. HUGS for a speedy recovery. :) <3

  119. taffy
    February 23rd, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

    Just a quick positive note: Our daughter had same, was 33 at the time, was bouncing off walls in no time! They adjust her thyroid med now and then…so easy! You will be fine!! it was a super easy surgery…and soon it will be a distant memory! Hers had a tiny spot of cancer but the surgeon said he’ll see her when she is an old old lady if he is still alive by then! LOL! You have such a great group here to ‘positive’ you into bliss. Everyone is so sweet! It helps to know others who have had same or similar! (As a mom it’s nice for me too!)

  120. Deborah
    February 23rd, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    Oh, wow. I can totally understand your state of mind! Grateful and thankful that the outlook is positive and good health is here, minus that thyroid. I have a neighbor who HAD thyroid cancer years ago and is on a daily med., but she it TOTALLY fine and living a very busy life working and raising her kids. I will send you healing thoughts and prayers. My list is long, but never too long!!! And you had hordes of folks behind you in this as well! Keep us posted on this journey and thanks for sharing this with us! Happy healing!

  121. Paula
    February 23rd, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

    So much love being sent your way. I’d like to add mine to it.

  122. Jenny C
    February 24th, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    So sorry you’re going thru such a scary thing, Shreve, dear. Thx so much for sharing details w/us. My heart, thots & prayers are with you. Won’t it be thrilling to have this behind you? Can’t wait. All will be well… xo

  123. Jan
    February 24th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    Dear Shreve,
    I have been a silent reader for many years, and want you to know how much I enjoy your work.
    Wishing you all the best for your recovery. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  124. Gabriela
    February 24th, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

    Dear Shreve, wishing you a fast recovery. You’ll be out there howling with Charlie in no time! Love & light


  125. penny in co
    February 24th, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

    Positive vibes hugs and healing prayers your way. Good luck with the surgery;) You’ll be amazing,as always!!!xoxo

  126. yvonne
    February 24th, 2015 @ 5:01 pm

    Thinking good thoughts for you for a quick recovery, no c and that you transition quickly to whatever thyroid replacement works for you. My thyroid just quit working one day a few years ago and it took a while to get the dosage right for me but I’m mostly balanced again.

    Speedy recovery and quick re-balance!

  127. Kitty Sutton
    February 24th, 2015 @ 6:42 pm

    I am so sorry for the health scare you are undergoing. My daughter just went through the same thing last year and I can tell you generally what to expect. Her lump had grown to the size of a grapefruit which we could not tell just from looking at her. Hers was benign as well. After the surgery, she recovered fairly quickly. She had some pain but the doctor, I am sure, will make sure to take care of that for you. The pain was fairly short lived and she healed quickly. Of course now that she is missing half of her thyroid, she must take thyroid for the rest of her life. But all in all, it was not a terrible experience for her. I hope that yours goes smoothly. Be sure to get enough rest and don’t push yourself to do more than you really feel like doing. This operation is now a fairly common one and has a great success rate, so relax some and don’t work yourself into a depression or anxiety. An optimistic attitude will work wonders for your healing. Here is hoping you come through this with flying colors.

  128. Wendy
    February 24th, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    I’m sending you my best thoughts and wishes for a successful surgery and recovery. I feel good that you’ll do well, and kick this lil’ glands butt. Hang in, and know that many are pulling for you.
    Adversity can make us stronger, which you’ve shown many, and this is another chapter. Thank you for sharing with us. Take good care, and keep doing good things…

  129. Joan Wood
    February 24th, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

    Take deep, calmimg breaths and remember you have LOTS of folks praying for you and sending good thoughts your way. Just hang in and quick recovery to you.

  130. Jo Davis
    February 24th, 2015 @ 7:45 pm

    prayers, positive thoughts, healing energy and tons of LOVE to you to be well and I truly feel in my heart that you will be well :)

  131. Joanne
    February 24th, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

    Sending love and light your way for a speedy recovery. You and yours are much loved.

  132. Jan
    February 25th, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

    Shreve, Hoping that your surgery has been done and is a huge success. You and yours will be in my prayers. Sending you love and blessings.

  133. Sarah
    February 26th, 2015 @ 5:15 pm

    Sending positive, healing energy your way. :)

  134. Tony
    February 26th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

    Breath deeply, love life. All will be well.

  135. Jackie/ Montana
    February 27th, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

    This i do know, if anyone can come thru this, it is YOU !!! Yes, all will be WELL !

  136. Stephan Barber
    March 1st, 2015 @ 8:57 am


    I check in with you once in a while…you lift people with your spirit. Not your job… it just happens.

    Your generous sharing of your journey has been a blessing for so many. I’ve often invited people to visit this journal to feel what beauty, truth and living can be.

    We all send our love, energy and healing intention to you.

    Thank you for who you are.


  137. mlaiuppa
    March 1st, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    Glad to hear the surgery went well and you’ve got some enjoyable distractions.

    Wishing you a restful and speedy recovery.

  138. bonnie
    March 1st, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    thanks for letting us know that you are home. whew. give yourself whatever time you need to rest and recover — the busyness of life will sweep you back into the action soon enough.

  139. Sharon McGough
    March 2nd, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    Hey, hey…surgery OVER! Things are going to start returning to normal without that ominous event hanging overhead. I hope you are not knocked down too much. It seems we all hit a crossroads in one way or another, where we face the same choice; crumble or adapt. I am glad that you made good brave decisions, and that you are going to be all right. You will adapt to taking the tiny white pill everyday, and soon not even think of it as a burden. Good to know you have procedure behind you! Best wishes…sending you a truckload of them!

  140. Barbara
    March 2nd, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    So glad to see that your surgery is now behind you and that you are OK. Sending healing vibes your way. Take care – we care. :)

  141. Sandy G.
    March 2nd, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

    Sending you good healing thoughts! You are so strong; you will bounce right back from this surgery. Please be good to yourself and patient in your healing. I am sorry you are having to go through this, but thankful it was caught and taken care of! Many blessings to you.

  142. Impy
    March 3rd, 2015 @ 9:45 am

    To echo everyone above me, my thoughts will be fixated on you and your well being. You’ve given so much to us all. How we wish we could give you some caring, some soup, some reassurance. I would like to say for me, I’m sitting here at work, incredibly thankful for Mike and his love for you and his relationship with your farmily. To know that there’s someone able to look after Charlie and everything you love,,,,,,,makes me feel like you can be free to give this the energy you need to. Be well sweet girl.

  143. Caitlin Sullivan
    March 3rd, 2015 @ 9:45 am

    I’m struck with this thought, which you’ve probably already done: telling all your animals what’s going on and letting their good love help you through. They so love to help. All the best to you from me and my farmily, too.

  144. Deb
    March 3rd, 2015 @ 2:56 pm

    I hope your recovery from surgery goes well and the downtime recharges and heals.
    The same year, 2003, a mole came to the attention of health care providers, I had tests, saw a dermatologist and was told just to watch and wait.
    Recently, went again – due to some changes in it.
    I have a biopsy at the end of this month – where they will remove the whole nole. I’ve been having some other symptoms, and a cyst, so I’m interested to see what happens with these two procedures.
    It’s scary, humbling, and electrifying in the clarity that can result – in my experience.
    Waiting to see …

  145. Vickie Fagert
    March 4th, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    Shreve, this is just a little blip in the road. You will get through this and, before you know it, life will resume as you know it. I’m sure it’s hard for you to relax and recover, but it’s temporary. Let those who love you take care of you. Sending love, prayers, and positive energy your way.

  146. Heather
    March 5th, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    My husband went through very similar experience. Very scary but once it was out, he was fine. Sending you my best wishes for a swift recovery.

  147. Liane B
    March 6th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    SO glad you are back to feeling groovy…that’s the Shreve we know and love!!

  148. Elaine S Bourdon
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    I know the fear of anesthesia and surgery, hadn’t had any since the 70’s, or even been in a hospital til I had pneumonia 4yrs ago. I had a couple of cysts on my thyroid, were removed, with the Dr saying he’d cut in a wrinkle on my neck, can’t even see a scar. Am so glad the problem was not C, which I am dealing with now, just started chemo again after being off of it since June. Had surgery in Jan, 2014. Chemo has destroyed my hands and feet, neuropathy I guess, but at least I have my mind, and people who are helping, even if I can’t sew any more, or drive to WI alone with my beloved Brussels Griffon dog. I spent the night before surgery making a list of what I wanted family to have if I didn’t make it, and I also am a control freak. But, I am grateful to have had my 84 years of life, more than so many others. I’ve loved Charlie and you since I accidentally found your book and decided I could spend that much money after reading a couple of pages. I then gave a book to others that I knew would love it. You are a wonderful example for others to emulate, and Charlie is the first place I go in the morning. Love to you both.

  149. Arno
    March 11th, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    I’m so glad to see that your “health Baloney” has come to a healthful conclusion. We, the followers of your life, really need and depend on you. You are so brave, classy, beautiful, courageous, and most of all you are our animal spirit incarnate. What could we possible do without you? We love you

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