I’m Losing My Eyebrows

randomlychad  —  July 22, 2012 — 19 Comments

I’m losing my eyebrows. And my hair is thinning, too. No, it’s not cancer (or chemotherapy), but my thyroid.

Several years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and have been on supplementation ever since. I thought this would augment my waning energy levels, but it hasn’t yet.

Yes, it could be worse–it could be cancer, or a thousand other things. It’s not, and thank God for that.

But it is a slow fade. My energy ebbs everyday, I crab at my wife and kids…

I despise mornings.

Work days are far fuller with far more to do (the motto? “doing more with less”) precisely when I feel as if I have less to give.

If you have noticed my absence from your blog, where maybe I used to comment daily, or weekly, this is why:

I have to triage my energy. I have a family to care for, a day job, this blog to write, and the book project I’m working on.

It truly is me, and not you. Know that you are in my thoughts, and prayers. And that I am with you in spirit.

In the meantime, I’m losing my eyebrows. My body that was fearfully and wonderfully made fearfully fades.

But His grace is sufficient. I have to trust this. What else do I have? Who else has the words of life?

How have you found God’s grace to be sufficient when you’re ground down on life’s millstone?

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  • Sorry to hear you’re losing you’re eyebrows, but glad to know your trust is in Him -- the One who made you & sustains you. 🙂

    I was told a few years ago that I have a “slightly sluggish” thyroid & recently found out I have 2 nodules on my thyroid. I’m not on meds, though my husband wants me to be & they’d probably help with the constant fatigue.

    Gods grace is definitely sufficient, even in times when I don’t think it is. There have been many times in my life, looking back, when Gods grace has carried me through a rough time. It may not have seemed so at the time, but grace was there. And knowing that He’s painting a beautiful picture out of all the rough spots makes it all worthwhile.

    • Amen!

      I like that: “painting a picture out of the rough spots.” That’s beautiful.
      Supplementation can help those nodules shrink. Have you had them biopsied? I would just in case.

      • Yes, I had them biosied & they are not cancerous. I didn’t know meds could help them shrink. May I ask what kind of meds you take? Have they been helpful?

        • The theory is that nodules appear because the thyroid is being over stimulated by TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). By supplementing, the TSH levels should go down, and thus so should the nodules.

          My advice? Find a good endocrinologist who can test your levels, make the correct diagnosis, and prescribe the appropriate dosage of Synthroid.

  • You have glasses so no one will ever know 😉 No seriously dude, you are really crushing it (from my perspective). You manage to consistently dig deep with EVERY blog post. That is really saying something.

    And you’re not cranky with me, so that counts for something IMO 🙂 I only have good things to say about you buddy. Keep doing what you are doing and moving forward despite challenges. You’re a fighter. Keep fighting and moving forward. (Excuse me I’m going to go watch some killer Sly Stallone movie now.Over the Top is a possibility or maybe Rocky IV.)

    • Thanks, Jim! Appreciate it.

      Humbled by your words. EVERY post? Not sure about that, but thanks just the same.

      More like Rocky Balboa--he’s old, full of stories, but still a fighter at heart.

      😉

  • Dude, I’m getting hair on my nose. Not in, but just on top. It’s weird. And I have to keep a watch on my eyebrows or me calling that one guys “Bushy Eyebrows” will come back to haunt me.

    • Larry, what is it about the 40’s that makes hair growth in weird places?

      Sounds likes you need some “manscaping.” 😉

    • Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “nose hair,” doesn’t it, Larry?

  • Hey Chad. Sorry to hear this. Sounds like you are looking in the right places for what you need. Prayers that you will be well.

  • Helene Smith

    It’s just this kind of thing, where our fearfully made bodies fade that makes us so grateful for the resurrection bodies we have to come.

    • Yes--amen: “though the outer man is perishing, the inner man is being renewed.”

  • Chad I’m praying for ya bud. I’d crack a joke (sort of my style) but you might get all Chabby (Chad + Crabby = oh you get it) on me. If you would like I can take your your thyroid into a dark alley and teach it a lesson. Get better, I can’t fight you to the death if you are all weak and stuff.

    • That’s it--I’m coming to OK, Bill! The blogosphere ain’t big enough fer the both of us.*

      *Totally kidding. You made me laugh.

      • Mission accomplished! Laughter is the best medicine. But seriously get better, I like a challenge when I fight.

  • If you consider it G-d’s grace that inspired people to learn medicine, discover things with science, ask questions, and find out that I was severely vitamin D deficient, then yes. 🙂

    I don’t know much about hypothyroidism, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that your doctor finds a nice alternate explanation -- perhaps one that requires a vitamin supplement or a few hours outside.