Thyroid? What’s a Thyroid?

>Just as I was readying myself to head off to grandma’s house for holiday dinner on Christmas Eve 2010, I received a call from my doctor. Actually, a message on their automated voice mail service: my blood work came back.

I expected nothing. I really did. I’d been feeling awful–dizziness, weakness, heart palpitations–but still I had been searching the net for months already and hadn’t been able to come up with anything that sounded like it could be the cause of my troubles. I figured this was going to be another one of those cases where the doctors were baffled and I learned to live with feeling rotten.

Your T3 and T4 levels are elevated, in accordance with hyperthyroidism…

What? I played the message again. The same words haunted me again, and these thoughts came whirling from my brain: “Thyroid? What’s the thyroid do? What’s a T3? What’s a T4? There aren’t any thyroid problems in my family. It must be a mistake…”

Whisked away to Christmas dinner before I could even do enough research to remember what the thyroid does, the shock continued throughout the day.

When I got home, I was able to do a bit more exploring. The Mayo Clinic’s website was one of them that was most helpful to me that evening. If you have recently been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, I recommend their website: mayoclinic.com.

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About Amy Joy

Founder of the Indie Writer's Network, Amy Joy is the author of serious and silly books for adults and kids including 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist THE ACADEMIE (YA dystopian romance).

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