From Thallroom Dancer To New Thatitude
I wanted to write a scathing letter to you. By all rights, I should. But, instead, this is a thank you letter. Yeah, I told you everyone thought I was crazy!
Thank you for letting me the weight gain, over 100 pounds in less than a year, thereby taking my job as a ballroom dance competitor/teacher away from me. That job was no good for me. I had to deal with working over 12 hours a day, 5 – 7 days a week. Now, since I can’t hold down a permanent job due to several doctors’ appointments, always getting sick, etc. I am now able to lose a job every six months to a year and collect unemployment in between. I needed the rest.
Thank you for taking away my beautiful, slender body, my gorgeous head of naturally red hair, and the flawless skin, I had. It made me a better person by causing me to quit commenting on how other people look. It also made me very humble. I thought I was “IT”. I always treated others like I was better than them. I didn’t realize I was doing it. But now, since my looks have gone, I am no longer the “hottest babe on the planet” (in my mind), and I care about people more.
Thank you for taking away my looks right in the nick of time. You took them away just as I met the man who would be my husband. You see, I was already engaged to someone else when my looks went. Had I still had my looks, I would have married my ex-fiancÃƒ© and probably ended up divorced because he would have cheated on me. Shorty after that, I met a wonderful man who sees beyond my weight gain and we have become friends. Over the course of 8 years, we have become closer. We have now been married for two wonderful and trying years. Had I, been “hot”, I probably would have never given my husband a second look. He really wasn’t my type. He was too shy and preferred to stay in, as opposed to going to the hottest clubs. Now that I am too embarrassed to go out in public, I love to stay at home.
Thank you for the ten doctors I went to that told me that I was just fat and getting old. Because of them, my husband is now a fighter and has learned to stick up for himself and for me. Prior to this, he was on the shy side and never wanted to make waves. I found out that I married a TIGER, especially when it comes to putting ignorant doctors in their place. You see, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. When I went to the doctors, my thyroid was normal. It would act up in between blood tests. It took 10-years and ten doctors to catch it.
Thank you for all the missed diagnoses. My new doctor, Dr. Murray Gordon, who figured all of this out, wrote a letter to all of my other doctors and knocked them off of their high horses. Now, maybe this will make them better doctors who will listen to their patients more.
Thank you for taking away my sex drive. You see, my husband lost his sex drive due to medication. Now our sex drive is perfectly compatible. How many couples in their 40’s can say that?
Thank you for what you did to me. I met two wonderful people last summer at the dog park. They have become our best friends. She had her thyroid removed due to cancer. She is also shy, which makes it a little hard for her to find friends. We started comparing stories and now use each other as a support system. My husband and her husband help each other to deal with us. If I wouldn’t have married my husband, I would never have had the cutest Great Dane in the world, Astro, and would never have met our best friends Janet and Joe and their two dogs, Chance.
So there you have it. There are so many other reasons to thank you, Thyroid. I just can’t remember all of them.
In love, and gratitude,
(Bio) “Hi. My name is Jackie, and I am 40 years old. My life ended as I knew it, the Spring I turned 30. I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Doctors insisted I was crazy. I almost believed them. Thank you, Dear Thyroid for your site. I hope this letter I write will finally allow me to accept my condition…
*Image courtesy of one of our Dear Thyfellas, Mike Wilson.
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