So it's not cancer. It is, however, Hashimoto's. Which makes the long list of symptoms I went to my doctor with back in November make absolute and complete sense. Textbook case - except that I'm subclinical - meaning the FNA showed the attacking cells, but the previous thyroid workups say I'm "normal". And they have for years.
However, because I lived low carb and thus, gluten free, for a long long time, I think I kept the worst of it at bay - just skirting around it- and my panels would all show in the normal range - but once I got into overload or the scales tipped in some way, I wasn't as diligent about avoiding carbs/gluten, began craving sweets, etc. - I got out of balance and I was down for the count. The last six months have been a real slog for me and I'd attributed it to: age, menopause, the breakup, early onset dementia, being batshit crazy - and all of those certainly may have added to the stress, etc. The Perfect Storm of indistinguishable, vague symptoms. Except when I read the symptoms, it's been there laying in wait for a long time - iron deficiency, restless leg syndrome, genetic history of autoimmune disorders, brain fog, Vitamin D deficiency, depression, low norm temperature, low blood pressure, low heart rate, dry skin, brittle hair, losing my eyebrows from the outside in, cold all the damn time, constipation, night sweats, heart palpitations, bladder issues, unexplained spike in cholesterol levels, beginnings of "lion" face, hypoglycemic symptoms, "the stupids", rapid growth of the thyroid nodules and a partridge in a pear tree.
More lab work done today to do a finer detail of thyroid panel - but the endocrinologist says that we will just "wait this out" - and I'm not so sure that I'm willing to go that route. We'll see.
It's not the end of the world - lots of people have this. I just need to decide what to do to help manage it. I don't think I want to wait around for my own body to kill off my thyroid - although with the rate things are progressing, it might not be that long. I've been reading up, and of course, in overwhelmed and information overload. It's time to hit the hay.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Be Your Own Advocate.