ThyCa NEWS NOTES – December 2009 – January 2010

In This Issue:

Newest E-Mail Support Group Serves Young Adults with Thyroid Cancer

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is pleased to announce our newest e-mail support group, designed for young adults coping with thyroid cancer.

The ThyCa Young Adults Support Group is now active. The moderators of this new group are ThyCa volunteers Julia McGuire and Trish Schwarz. Thank you, Julia and Trish!

This group’s goal is provide a support forum for young adults dealing with thyroid cancer, as well as for their caregivers.

ThyCa also sponsors 10 other e-mail support group discussion lists. Each is for a different type of thyroid cancer, or situation with thyroid cancer. The groups are all free.

  • Advanced Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Anaplastic Support Group
  • Caregivers Support Group
  • Childbearing and Thyroid Cancer Group
  • Long-Term Survivors Support Group
  • Love, Loss, & Legacy Group
  • Medullary Support Group
  • Pediatric Support Group
  • Thyca – Thyroid Cancer Support Group (mainly papillary and follicular)
  • ThyCa Mental Challenges Support Group

Click here to find out how to join a group:

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Quarters for a Cure

How many quarters will it take to offer hope for a cure of thyroid cancer?

Please join us in keeping that hope alive by collecting quarters (that’s right, just 25 cents) that will further research of our disease. Together, our quarters can really make a difference!

A quarter a week translates to $13 a year. If we all participate and invite family and friends to join in, we will raise a very sizable amount to support additional research grants.

Presently, we have a research fund that includes Papillary, Follicular, Anaplastic Thyroid Cancers and variants, and a separate Research Fund for Medullary Thyroid Cancer.

ThyCa is proud to:

  • Participate with fellow thyroid cancer survivors in research funding of thyroid cancer.
  • Offer annual research grants. In the past seven years, ThyCa has awarded grants totaling $550,000. These grants are open to researchers and institutions worldwide and awarded by an independent expert review panel of the American Thyroid Association (ATA).
  • Announce that advances continue to be made in the treatment of all thyroid cancer, in part because of our research grants.

What a difference a quarter can make. Every single quarter goes directly to thyroid cancer research. Please join in and send a check in lieu of heavy quarters, to:

P.O. Box 2327
Allen, TX 75013

Or donate online.

Please designate your Research Fund of choice. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Quarters = Research Research = Hope for a Cure

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Take Part in Three Different Surveys for Thyroid Cancer Patients

Thyroid cancer patients with all types of thyroid cancer are invited and encouraged to take part in three different surveys on thyroid cancer management and patients’ experiences.

The surveys were developed by ThyCa Medical Advisors. Each survey takes just a few minutes to complete. This is a chance for all of us to impact our care going forward.

  • Voice Following Thyroid Cancer Surgery
  • Radioactive Iodine Treatment
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use

Please complete the surveys as soon as possible. Thank you for your participation.

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Our Free Guestbook

It’s quick and easy to sign up to receive our free online newsletter, as well as announcements of ThyCa events, news about recent developments in thyroid cancer management, and more. It’s a great way to stay connected to the thyroid cancer community, and to stay up to date on changes in treatments and testing methods, especially if you’re a long-term survivor.

If you move, or change your e-mail address or phone number, you can also use the Guestbook to let us know. Just check the “update” box on the form, and we’ll be able to maintain our connection. Stay connected. Help strengthen the voice of thyroid cancer survivors … it will help us be heard.

Just fill out our Guestbook form.

To protect each person’s privacy, the mailing list is for the sole use of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., and its affiliates. ThyCa does not ever sell, share, or give away any contact information.

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ThyCa Again Accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign
ThyCa’s CFC # is 11675

Funds Raised Will Provide Education, Support, Resources and Research To Benefit Those with the Most Common Endocrine Cancer

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association has again been accepted into the world’s largest workplace giving campaign.

Federal civilian, postal, and military employees are able to choose ThyCa as a recipient of their workplace donations through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This federal employees’ charitable giving campaign raises millions of dollars each year for thousands of nonprofits providing health and human services throughout the world.

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From Our E-Mailbox
December 22, 2009

I am no doubt, one of MANY grateful thyroid cancer survivors who is pleased to know that there is a place that I can access information about Thyroid Cancer!

I was diagnosed and had a total thyroidectomy in 1997 and did not know of any resource center! I had no idea who to talk to or where to look for reliable information! To be true, I initially didn’t even want to know anything! I was sure if I just pretended there wasn’t anything to worry about….it would all be good and I’d be okay.

I’ve just been looking for more and more info over the past several years! Mostly, I have questions about metastases rates/risks etc…Can’t get enough information now!

Just learned about some things on your website (in your end of year letter!) that I didn’t know and will be checking out the chat/communication sites.

Again, thank you all for hard work and dedicated commitment to this much needed support network!

Brenda-Lee B.

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Low-Iodine Recipe of the MonthContributed by Dian Belanger

Apple-Smothered Pork Chops

6 pork chops, thick
Salt, pepper, sage to taste
Canola oil
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup hot water
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 cup raisins
3 tart apples, cored and sliced
3 Tbsp. brown sugar

Brown seasoned chops in oil. Remove from skillet. Stir in flour, then water, vinegar, raisins. Cook and stir to thicken. Arrange chops in casserole. Top with apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Pour raisin mix over.

Bake covered 350° about an hour.

Thank you, Dian! We’ll include this recipe in the next edition of the FREE Downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook.

Download the 6th edition of the Low-Iodine Cookbook for free, with more than 250 favorite recipes from more than 100 generous volunteers. The Cookbook is also available in Spanish and in French:. Please remember, while you’re welcome to download and print the entire free low-iodine cookbook, you can also print just the pages you need.

This free cookbook is a wonderful help when you’re preparing to receive radioactive iodine for treatment or testing. All the recipes are the favorites of some of our ThyCa volunteers, who are sharing them with everyone, to make the low-iodine diet easy and tasty. The recipes are also great for family meals and for potlucks, any time.

If you’d like to contribute your favorite recipe or tip to the cookbook’s next edition, send it

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You’re Invited To Become a Member

Help us sustain, strengthen, and extend our services. We invite you to join ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

Your membership dues will support ThyCa’s efforts to reach and serve other survivors and their families around the world. You may join as a 1-year member ($25), 2-year member ($45), or lifetime member ($225).Click here for our secure online Membership form and our mailed Membership form

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Thank You From ThyCa!

We believe that no one should have to be alone when facing thyroid cancer.

Our free support services are offered with this as our main goal. We thank everyone for giving your time and talents to making possible our free services, publications, and events.

We’re grateful to you for reaching out to others worldwide, to help connect them with ThyCa’s many free support services and educational resources.

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Upcoming Events

  • Every Month. ThyCa’s Thyroid Cancer Support Group Meetings in Your Community.
  • Saturday, April 17, 2010. Kansas City, Missouri. 6th Midwest Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop. At St. Joseph Medical Center, Community Center for Health and Education, 1000 Carondelet Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. Free.
  • Saturday, May 29, 2010. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop. Free.
  • 2010. More Free Spring Workshops sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. Details will be posted onthe website.
  • 2010 Spring Date to be announced. Washington, DC, Area. 9th Annual Mid-Atlantic Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop. Free.
  • September 2010. Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. Plus year-round awareness campaigns. Visit the Raise Awareness page to download free flyers, or request free awareness materials.
  • The 13th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference
    October 15-17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas
    Sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
    Details on the website
  • The 9th Annual Dinner/Auction Fundraiser for Thyroid Cancer Research.
    October 16, 2009 in Dallas, Texas
    Sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
    Details on the website

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Every Day…

Every day, thousands of people with thyroid cancer, and their families, receive support, education, and hope from ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

Every day, numerous people distribute ThyCa outreach materials to their physicians, making them aware of a resource that can benefit their patients dealing with a thyroid cancer diagnosis.

Your generous support is what makes it possible to sustain, strengthen, and expand our services and outreach. It only takes a minute to make a secure donation online in support of ThyCa’s work (or you are welcome to donate by mail).

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Ask ThyCa

If you have questions about thyroid cancer, please send them to and we’ll answer your question in an upcoming newsletter as well as adding to our web site content.

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Copyright (c) 2009 ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

Thank you to our writing, editing, and proofreading team for this issue of the newsletter: Dian Belanger, Brenda-Lee B., Joni Eskenazi, Leah Guljord, Pat Paillard, Barbara Statas, Cherry Wunderlich, and Gary Bloom.

Your suggestions for articles are welcome. The deadline for articles and news items is the first day of each month.

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ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID #52-2169434) of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals.

We are dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families, and friends, as well as to public awareness for early detection, treatment, and lifetime health monitoring, and to thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.

Contact us for free awareness materials and information about our free services and special events., call 1-877-588-7904, fax 1-630-604-6078, write PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, or visit the website.