Friday, January 20, 2012

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Before....
and After....

I tried to copy my facial expression and distance to the camera, so all things would be equal.


I was messing around with photobooth tonight (admit it, we all do that sometimes) and I found a picture that I'm pretty sure was taken last September or October...it would have been BEFORE I started on my thyroid medication.

Notice how in the "before" shot, my neck is puffy and swollen, and how my face is flabby looking and also puffy. Notice the horrid acne. I'm wearing a hat, in part because my hair was not growing and looked basically dead.

And now the "after" picture...my face is so much slimmer, my neck no longer has that crease in it, acne has cleared up (although there are still some scars)...and I got my eyebrows done, but that's neither here nor there. I'm wearing a head band to keep my growing hair off my face and have it twisted up in a big hair clip in the back. My hair has basically come back to life.


NO...I have not lost weight. Maybe three pounds, if anything. But nothing so significant. It's the thyroid medication that has made a difference in my appearance. I was looking at medical pictures in a book on hypothyroidism that I bought, and there were other such pictures, with a starling difference in before and after for patients on Armour Thyroid.

So, not all of us hopeless cases are truly hopeless cases. Sometimes we are just ill.

Oh, I should also add, that the other big change has been that I went on a Gluten Free Casein Free diet...and my fibromyalgia pain went away within 24 hours. Picture number two is taken at the end of day 4 on the GAPS intro diet, so more good changes are to come, folks!

4 comments:

elizabeth said...

lots of hope here; hugs and love...

Matushka Anna said...

This is great! I'm sure you feel much better about yourself in addition to simply feeling better!

Victoria said...

Yay! So glad you are finding some answers and workable solutions.

Michelle M. said...

Alana, the difference is really impressive! I'm so glad that you have finally found out what was going on all these years. On to a happy and healthier you :) I hope I'll get to see this new version of you in the near future!