There are diseases that don’t appear to be terribly debilitating,that is until you consider all the elements of this disease, and what it does to individual lives, and families. I live with one of these diseases, Hypothyroidism, and I have my entire life. It wasn’t caught or treated until I reached adulthood,and by that time a lot of damage had already been done. Not only physical damage, but psychological as well.
Hypothyroidism; is low production of the thyroid hormone, this can lead to sluggishness, weight gain, and low metabolism. This disease can sometimes by called Myxedema, but is usually referred to as Hypothyroidism. If it goes un treated it can lead to obesity because the weight gain, and low metabolism. This Obesity can lead to a lack of self esteem, and thus to Depression.
As a child I was larger than most children my age. I not only got picked on by other children, but my parents always had to have my birth certificate handy at little league games. In school this led to be being antisocial, also to outburst of violence. I tried everything to lose weight. I would lose weight and gain it right back and In the sixth grade I even joined Weight Watchers.. I was as big around as I was tall, one doctor even told my mother that I might be a midget.
At school I was placed in ld classes, even with an above average IQ. Teachers and Coaches did not know how to help me, and I started believe the things people said about me. I soon recoiled back into my on little world of daydreams. As a sophomore in high school I began to grow to my height of 6foot but my weight kept being a problem, at one time when I was 15, I wore a mans 44 in pants. The more I worked out and dieted the more weight I seemed to gain. At this point my depression worsened.
I finally found a cure for my depression in the Lord Jesus Christ. I started loving my self and quit doubting myself I released all of my fears, because I knew Jesus had my back. I then started living a somewhat normal life even though my weight problem hadn’t abided.
Years after I was grown and married, I started having sever back pain, I went to the E.R. and in the x-ray they made the doctor noticed I had quiet of bit of fluid collected around my heart, so I was referred me to a heart specialist. The heart specialist started running a series of tests on me and found my thyroid gland was making little if any hormone. He sent me to a specialist he started me on levothyroxin 300mcg. once daily. Now I’m 42, 6′, 289lbs and wear 38-40 jeans. My obiesity is not as prevalent, I love myself, my God, my wife, and my two beautiful children. The Hypothyroidism had almost ruined my life, but thanks to Jesus and my doctor I’m finally overcoming this disease and the effects it caused.