Metabolic Mate

The latest in our bizarre stuffed body parts was actually inspired by a pretty heart-wrenching experience -- cancer. Making a plush thyroid was something I'd been toying with for a while, after getting several requests from you, our wonderful customers, but it became personal when my husband -- and I Heart Guts' co-founder -- was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year. As far as cancers go, thyroid cancer is really not so bad, especially when compared with say, pancreatic cancer or brain cancer. But, let's be real, hearing the word "cancer" attached to someone you love is horrible. While my husband got his thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment, I found solace in planning a friendly and fuzzy version of this butterfly-shaped endocrine gland, which hugs the trachea and controls our metabolism. We gave thyroid and parathyroid pins to the amazing staff at UCLA Endocrine Surgery, and the fantastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yeh, was super-excited to see such a strange and specialized product. "The parathyroid gets no love," Dr. Yeh lamented. I also tried to make my husband laugh by doodling a silly disco-dancing thyroid and a jogging thyroid, and both of these drawings are included in the new hangtag, see details below (thanks to your input, my dear readers, we chose the Travolta Thyroid for the cover, yay!). So stay tuned, your plush thyroid will be available for cuddling very very soon! We hope you like it.

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5 comments


  • Cheri

    I must have one of these since I just lost my thyroid to cancer. Thanks for making them.


  • gutsy

    glad you are excited about the plush and congrats on living through cancer! a friend of mine called it the “Paris Hilton of cancers,” not because thyroid cancer is skanky, but because compared to other cancers, it’s pretty frivolous. super treatable, and replacing the thyroid’s function is as easy as swallowing a pill.


  • Amber

    I cannot be more excited for this super cute thyroid plush! I too am a thyroid cancer survivor and also gave my Dr. your thyroid pins. Here’s to the ‘good’ cancer! :-)


  • Erica

    I am SO excited about this!!! i’m a thyroid cancer survivor and i have been waiting for this for a while!!! (thyroid cancer isn’t quite the paris hilton of cancers, i’d call it more like the tom hanks of cancer – its the average, every day man cancer that can be gotten rid of a lot easier than others, but its more than just a pop a pill to make sure you still work right) :).


  • courtney

    glad he feels better :) and I love the new plush!


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