So I’ve been complaining about how much trouble I’ve been having taking the weight off, and how frustrating it is. Well the doctor ran a full thyroid panel, and a full metabolic panel and the results…I’m totally normal. Yep, according to all the tests there’s nothing wrong with me. But for anyone who has a thyroid problem you know that normal is relative to how you feel. My levels have changed. This time last year my TSH was 1.1, and at my most recent test it was 2.0. That’s a jump even if it is within “normal” range.
Thankfully, my doctor was willing to acknowledge that I don’t feel good despite what the tests say and has agreed to change my medication. Hopefully this will bring me down closer to where I was last year and I’ll be able to see some results for my work.
My problems aren’t that big of a deal really. The thyroid symptoms are annoying, but they’re not life threatening. But it does speak to those people out there who struggle with more serious “silent” illnesses. There are tons of people out there who don’t “look sick” but struggle daily. You never know what someone else is going through.
And while I’m on the subject of more serious illnesses, yesterday I signed up to be a part of a cancer research study. I’m always reading about studies that influence the way we look at and treat illness and disease and now I have the chance to be a part of one. I’ll have a 20-30 minute appointment in September, and then periodic questionnaires for the next 20-30 years. It sounds like a big commitment, but really in the scope of what it could do, it isn’t. If you’re interested in participating they’re looking for people ages 30-65 who have never had cancer, and they make the sign up process very easy. Take a look and give it some consideration. I don’t know anyone that hasn’t been touched by cancer.