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simply wiped out and unable to recharge, and she spent a full year exhausted. Fortunately, since early 2018 she and her doctors have found a more appropriate dosage, and Eder’s energy level is back to what it should be. “Half a pill more or less every week makes all the difference between me being jittery or being so tired I feel like I can come home and sleep on the couch as soon as I get home for 12 hours, which is unusual for me,” she says.

thyroid cancer survivors and people touched by this disease. “I look at it as a privilege to be able to pass this information on,” she says. Eder may be reached at sherrie@ agingoutreachservices.com or at 910-692-0683.

Eder also received radioactive iodine therapy. Because of the radiation in the medicine, she had to quarantine herself at home. This meant staying in the guest room and having no contact with others for five days. She couldn’t cook, she couldn’t see her pets and everything she touched had to be double-washed, destroyed or stored for the three months it takes for the radiation to wear off. Fortunately, her quarantine coincided with a spring-like March week, so Eder spent most of it outside gardening. Indeed, optimism, faith and mental flexibility have allowed Eder to respond positively to trying circumstances: rather than bemoan her year without energy, she celebrates that she now has it back; and rather than spend her five-day quarantine feeling isolated and miserable, Eder spent it outside doing something she loves. And, finally, rather than let cancer change her or damage her spirit, Eder elects to not really think about it. “Most of the time, I’m just going to ignore it, pretend it’s not there and go on with life and be happy and joyful and laugh,” Eder says. “I don’t think I’ve really had any change in my personality. I did not allow it to make me down. I just acted like I didn’t have it.” If you have questions about thyroid cancer and its treatments, Eder is happy to speak with fellow

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