Thyroid Condition

For the last 6 or 7 years, probably since I was about 26 or 27, I started to have a really difficult time keeping my weight down.  At first I thought it was that I was eating poorly or not working out enough, but when I really focused on eating well and working out consistently I would either get sick or just not get the results I really desired.  I spoke to family and friends about it and almost universally I got the same types of responses; “It sucks getting old, doesn’t it?” 

I thought there was something wrong, but could not put my finger on it.  I never let it stop me from doing any of my trips, but I never was satisfied with my fitness level.  Whether I was on a mountain, or on a climb, or a trek, I just never felt like the athlete I used to be.  I used to be an ATHLETE!  A 360 dunk wasn’t difficult.  I did them when I was warming up for a game.  Yeah, I was never Lance Armstrong cardiovascularly, but when it came to bursts of speed or strength, I was always up there with some of the best. 

Then around October or 2007, I got really sick with a throat infection and was sick for at least 2 weeks badly, and didn’t really ever recover fully from it.  I went to the doctor and he ran some blood tests but nothing came up. 

Then, literally 1 year later, the same thing happened.  After recovering somewhat, I felt my throat and it seemed like it was swollen.  Really, it felt like there was a lump in my gland.  After going to the doctor again, he sent me to an ear, nose and throat specialist who ordered blood work and then sent me for an ultrasound of my thyroid.  I had Hypothyroiditis, which in effect means my thyroid glands were underactive and my metabolism just wasn’t keeping up.  For an athlete, this felt like a death sentence. 

That was in December and before I got the results of whether or not I had cancer, I took a trip to Costa Rica to bike across the continent.  This turned out to be the last really extended effort I put in before I started on my Thyroid medication for an underactive thyroid. 

Since then, I can’t believe how much better I feel. 

More importantly, I can’t believe how bad I was really feeling before!  I was so sluggish.  I was never energetic.  I was always tired. Now, I am just trying to regain my form. 

Well done is better than well said.    -Benjamin Franklin

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