Hi there, dear friends 😀
The past few months have been hectic for me with preparations for my eldest daughter’s June wedding, getting my second daughter ready for her first job after her graduation from university, and with looking for a suitable new car to buy for my two sons whose university campus has been relocated to another town.
After things had wound down and I have some “me time” back finally last month, I suddenly noticed that I have a 1.5 inch lump growing near the base of my neck, just above the left shoulder bone! OMG!
However, a series of thyroid blood rests showed a normally functioning thyroid and my family doctor referred me to the hospital for further diagnosis. At the hospital, a fine needle was inserted into my neck growth with the guidance from an ultrasound scan and a sample sent off for a biopsy. Luckily, the result came back negative for cancer and the growth was benign but my thyroglobulin levels were higher than average.
But the doctor advised me to go for surgery to remove my growth, and I am reluctant to go for that because I am afraid of surgery. Anyway, she has given me two months to go back to her for a follow-up consultation to see if my growth has grown bigger and for another blood test to check my thyroglobulin levels.
Right after I left the hospital, I quickly rushed off to my family Chinese Physician, who diagnosed that my liver function was “off balance with blockages” (in TCM terms) and he advised me not to go for surgery to remove my thyroid growth. I also found out the reason for my persistently high cholesterol levels despite taking care of my diet, ingesting DE, and drinking Jiaogulan Tea – it was my liver causing that! In TCM, the liver plays a very important role to regulate the proper functions of our body…and the liver can also cause goitres if it is not working well.
This is the fifth week that I have been seeing my Chinese Physician – he takes my pulse every week to check the state my body is in, especially my liver, and he prescribes me the right Chinese herbal formulas to reduce my thyroid growth and to bring down my cholesterol. So far, I am seeing good results and my neck lump has decreased in size ( by about 25%? )
I almost cried when I had to stop taking Diatomaceous Earth (DE) which I was enjoying so many of its many health benefits since last year. I had to stop all my natural health supplements while I am on the TCM programme, to avoid any contraindications with the Chinese herbs.
On top of that, my Chinese Physician has advised me to stop taking all these :-
- Chinese teas
- Western teas
- cooling herbal teas (leong char)
- spicy foods
…. and he asked me not to get stressed nor get angry! Lol!
I have also minimised my meat intake, and I only take fish or eggs with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I can’t resist it, I will have just a piece of chicken or pork from the food that I cook for my family.
In the first three weeks, on this SOS and almost meat free diet, I lost 3 kgs (6.6 lbs) ! Initially, I was always lethargic and I could barely summon any energy to do my house chores….but now, my body has adapted to the new diet and I am almost back to my normal self!
I have another month to go before I head back to the doctor and I hope I can avoid that surgery that the doctor wanted me to have.
Meanwhile, I am staying calm, happy and having positive thoughts… Ommmm … 😎
With best wishes for good health,
P.S. To the newcomers to my blog – the font is in bold and is dark to facilitate reading against the bright lime green background of my blog