I have what?!! What is Graves Disease?

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 10:55 AM

At the end of 2011 I and both of my parents began having health issues. My mother was not able to overcome her issues and at the beginning of 2012 she went home to be with our Lord and Savior. I was traveling from Michigan to Texas to see both of my parents and help take care of my mother before her passing, all while dealing with an un-diagnosed condition of my own. That's when I lost all energy and focus for marketing my book or blogging. Did I lose faith? Absolutely not. I just lost motivation.

By the end of 2012 and batteries of tests I was finally diagnosed with an autoimmune, hyperthyroid issue called Graves disease, as well as iron anemia; both of which explained the exhaustion I was experiencing.

However, on my way to my doctor's office to be informed that I had a thyroid issue, God spoke to me very clearly saying "Don't let them kill your thyroid." So I wasn't surprised when my doctor said he wanted me to see an endocrinologist.

When the endocrinologist suggested one of three ways to kill my thyroid as my treatment options for Graves Disease, I said "No thanks!" At that time I had a hard time staying awake and could not do any physical activity without throwing up. I would then have to sleep for a couple of hours to get some semblance of energy back. I later found out it was because my heart rate would get too high during the activity and throwing up was my body's way of telling me to stop in order to protect me from a heart attack.

I had no desire for this to be "my life" but God said not to kill my thyroid so I prayed "Father, what am I to do then?" Long story short: God took me on a journey to discover the types of unhealthy foods I was eating. After eliminating milk (due to the hormones given the cows and the homogenized processing), white sugar, and packaged foods (due to the preservatives) from my diet, I began to see huge improvements in my health.

Finally, in 2015 I felt God's prompting to see an endocrinologist again but not the same one. I requested a referral from my doctor and saw a new endo doctor who suggested a treatment that would not kill my thyroid, but rather calm it down until it could get back into proper function. After some time in prayer I felt peace about this treatment, so I began it in January 2016.

It is now nine months later and my blood work shows that my thyroid is back to normal. I am back to riding my bike, hiking trails, exercising and doing yard work without fear of my heart racing to the point of causing me to throw up or danger of a thyroid storm. If you've never heard of a thyroid storm, let me just describe my personal storms. I would feel like I was burning up from the inside out, could barely catch my breath if I so much as walked a few steps, and felt like I could sleep for eternity if I could just stop the shaking, calm my heart rate and turn off the furnace inside my body. Once the storm was over, which could last for hours, I was too exhausted to do anything but sleep. I would sometimes sleep for an entire day.

Now, this sounds like a pretty rough time over the course of four years, and I won't was...but my point of sharing all of this is to say that never once did I lose my faith in God. I knew that God wouldn't tell me not to kill my thyroid if He didn't have plans for my healing, whether miraculously or otherwise.

Did He choose to give me a miracle healing? No. Did that choice make me angry or cause me to walk away from God because He's mean? No! I've had too many miracles in my life to get upset about not getting one this time.

In the end, I'm eating healthier and I believe my health at 55 will be better than it was at 45. So, even without a miracle, I come out on the winning side. How can I relate this to the book Who's Really In Control? Easy. I had a choice to listen and obey God and come out healed at the end of four years or choose the 'easy' route and follow doctor's orders and be on medication for the rest of my life.

It was my choice. I was in control. In control of doing it my way or God's way. God's way meant giving Him control. Scripture tells us what we can expect when we let God have control. Jeremiah 29:11: 'For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good!


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