It's odd...I never thought that I would talk about this on the blog but here we are. When I started Wendling & Boyd, I never liked talking about my health issues and how they have effected my life. Trust me guys, the Ty that you see and know is who I am but behind the scenes, I have a health issue that I don't like to talk about. No, it's not anything that's crazy or scary but it does take it's toll on me. Let's start from the beginning. The night before I was born, my mom woke up with some complications in which caused her to be rushed to the emergency room. Without sparing the gory details, I was born two months early because my parent's could have lost me. I was born 4.11 pounds in 1994. I then had to stay in an incubator for a month after I was born in thus started the problem. The doctors shoved tubes and such down my throat to keep me alive, fed, and full of oxygen. A moth later, my mother got to take me home and that was the end of it until I started hitting puberty. In one of my class pictures, you could see half of my face starting to disform and I also started to gain crazy amounts of weight. I wasn't the healthiest kid but I didn't eat a lot of junk food either. By the time I was 11 I was approaching 200 pounds. With it becoming a danger to my health, I had to go to the doctor to see if they could figure out what was going on. They found out that my Thyroid had been damaged and isn't working to it's fullest. They started me on thyroid medication and long story short it took them at least 7 years to get me regulated. So there was a flux of emotions, weight gain, weight loss, and a lot of other craziness that has faded in the past. By the time I was 16 I weighed about 300 pounds.
Let me give you a little bit of background on what the thyroid is:
The thyroid is a large ductless gland in the neck that secretes hormones regulating growth and development through the rate of metabolism.
Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of organisms. The three main purposes of metabolism are the conversion of food/fuel to energy to run cellular processes, the conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates, and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes.
So when your thyroid stops working, your metabolism slows, your emotions run rampant, you get tired, you get moody, and the worst of all you feel like you're losing it.
Trust me...that's wasn't easy living in a small town where everyone was white and extremely privileged to their money and their parent's money. For years I was ridiculed for my high pitched voice (a cause of the my vocal cords being damaged from the cords) and my weight. It didn't help that I was confused on my sexuality (more on that later).
I remember all of my journals saying that I knew that it wasn't my fault. This was something that was out of my hands. Years of testing, pill taking, and exercise and I'm currently at where I am today. I still have trouble with my body today but there's so much more that could have possibly happened. I was at a high risk for diabetes (it runs in my family as well), I was also at a risk for thyroid cancer. When I look back and onto now...It's still scary to think that those risks still could apply to me today. As I write this post and am wiping back tears, I know that this a burden to bare and It has made me a fighter to this day. Tomorrow I start back at the gym and I continue on with my self care routine. It's a constant battle of keeping myself regulated. Some days, I have to sit and just relax away from everyone hence the coffee shop pictures. I just need to keep myself aware of myself and what's going on around me.
I know...I don't write a lot of personal blog posts but I thought you guys should know what's going happening in my life. I have a couple of beautiful posts coming soon. I hope that you all had an amazing holiday weekend. I have a couple busy weeks ahead of me but I'm ready to show you some of the stuff that I've been working on.
See you soon!