I've just had my thyroid radiated--a somewhat brutal medical treatment for hyperthyroidism-- and so I'm sharing my non-medical theories about what I can learn from my thyroid-under-attack. Since you have a thyroid too, it may lead you to appreciate the way yours functions, and to insure its health.
I have Graves Disease, which is actually not a disease of the thyroid, but an auto-immune problem where the immune system attacks the thyroid, which reacts by...overdoing it. Hyperthyroidism is the result, and that can cause a lot of problems from the bulging eyes my mother had (Graves Disease is hereditary), to weakened bones, to weight loss, to the bouts of atrial fibrillation that have plagued me for the last few years.
The thyroid is in your throat, and looks something like the light orange organ in the model in the photo. It's shaped like a butterfly, as you can see even more poignantly, I think, in the scans on the screen.
My butterfly gets panicked easily and flies around too fast. She is a great pollinator, and has completed many migrations, but perhaps she needs to perfect basking. Somehow she lost her normal rhythm, the rhythm of the earth. Maybe she was influenced by the flightiness of the culture, by the buzzing activity that tells us to go faster. Surely she was trying hard--maybe too hard-- to do her best.
I tried talking to her. Tried giving her medicine. Tried resting more, slowing my schedule. Still, she acts up. And so, I'm glad that the medical world had a treatment to calm her down. The radiation may not completely kill her, but may reduce her activity to what will be my new normal.
A butterfly was once seen in Japan as the personification of one's soul, and the ancient Greek word for "butterfly" also means "soul" or "mind." And we all know that butterflies are symbols of rebirth and transformation.
And so, I ask my butterfly what her lesson for me is.
"Listen," she says. "Listen to the heartbeat of the earth, and attune to it. I know the rhythm of your culture is loud, but when you attune your inner ear to the music of the spheres, you will remember how to dance without stressing your being. You'll change the way you move through life. And then, you will be outrageously healthy. Your immune system will retune itself in response to your change, and your life will feel different, calmer, more pleasurable."
"Thank you, butterfly," I answer. "I know that every medical issue carries a lesson with it, and I hear yours. I thank you for all the efforts you have made in my behalf. I thank my butterfly/soul in advance for listening with the inner ear. I thank my immune system in advance for re-tuning itself."
And I encourage all spirited women to listen as well--so that you dance to the real music, attune yourself to the right rhythm--the natural one, not the one someone else suggested for you. May you be outrageously healthy as a result!