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What To Say When A Boy Asks Man Questions




“Are you well now?”

“You mean is the thyroid disease gone?”


“Yes, I am well, but the thyroid disease isn’t gone … yet.”


“Why, are you worried ‘Boobello’?”



“Ahh little man, you forget who your mother is.”

“I know.”

“God and all his wild horses could not drag me away from you.  I waited my whole life to meet you.  I am not going anywhere until I see how you turn out.”




“Don’t I seem much better?”




“Aren’t we laughing a lot these days?”





“It was just hard when I was so sick…?”



“Cause I wasn’t full of energy and laughing all the time?”


“Ahhh, well I was a little distracted, but not anymore.  You should never worry about me.  I am a bitch of a redhead.”


“I know.”


“I love you mom.”

“I love you Brian.”

Until next time-



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

10 Responses to What To Say When A Boy Asks Man Questions

  1. Lynne Stevenson June 21, 2007 at 4:03 am #

    Hi Catherine,
    This really is freaky! I am starting to believe we were twins separated from birth. Another thing we have in common is the thyroid problem. I have hypothyriodism and mine doesn’t work at all. I have been on medication for about three years and my hair has finally stopped falling out by the handfulls. I still freeze in 90 degree weather and am probably the only person on this planet who wears long sleeves in the summer time. My short term memory and concentration are also shot. If I go a day or two without my meds I have no energy and have to literally drag myself out of bed. I thought it was old age setting in during my early 40s, but its not…

  2. Catherine June 21, 2007 at 6:28 pm #

    I hope my other readers will indulge me here a while as I chat directly to Lynne.

    Well, what do you know … sisters in thyroid? My guess, by your symptoms described, is that you have hypothyroidism. Yes, my hair fell out too – including my eyebrows. This year it has all grown back, and then some (why is it that they have to come back on our chins too?). I am better on Armour than the synthetics and finally have enough energy to work out and live again. It only took four years…
    One of my dreams is to become a National Spokesperson for the disease and bring more awareness to the world. People do not realize that we often suffer Multiple Sclerosis-type symptoms when our thyroids begin to fail us. I was lucky to have a wonderful supportive family and friends who rallied to my side. I often wonder about those who have no support, and doctors tell them it is in their head. I actually had a guy I dated tell me that once. I thought my mother was going to hunt him down to give him a piece of her Irish mind. Needless to say we stopped dating right away.
    I feel great now, but just the other day at the pool I had a “cold flash” which is what I call the times when we are freezing in warm surroundings. There I was, sitting in 100 degree weather and suddenly I get Goosebumps and begin to shiver. I got into the hot tub to get warm and the kids thought I was crazy.
    I am so glad you found me and am grateful for all your wonderful posts to my site. Hopefully, some day we will meet in person.

  3. Melissa June 21, 2007 at 8:10 pm #

    I am a long time reader from your journal on AOL. I follow your progress. I have hypothyroidism too. You have always been an inspiration to me. I think you are the perfect person to bring national awareness to our struggles.

  4. Lisa Adams June 21, 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    People should know hypothyroidism, if not treated, can become a very dangerous condition. Instead of the body systems speeding up and overheating, they slow down in a variety of ways.

    With hypothyroidism, a person may:
    -Become sluggish and tire easily.
    -Muscle aches and pains.
    -Gain weight easily, then not be able to loose no matter how much exercise or dieting.
    -Become cold more easily or have trouble withstanding cold weather.
    -Have less perspiration.
    -Have drier skin.
    -Have coarser or thinner hair and hair loss.
    -Get mild swelling around eyes and puffiness around face.
    -Have a slower heart rate.
    -Have decreased lung function and shortness of breath.
    -Have slower digestion and constipation.
    -Have menstrual irregularities or infertility.
    -Fight depression and anxiety.
    -Have insomnia and sleep problems.
    – Have finger nails that don’t seem to grow and lack of “moons” on nail beds.
    – Have slow cognative reactions.
    – Have memory loss.

    There is also a rare life-threatening condition called myxedema which can develop with severe hypothyroidism. If you have trauma to your body, an infection, exposure to cold, or take certain drugs, these things can bring on myxedema coma. You may develop a very low body temperature and lose consciousness too.

    I wish people talked more about this disease like you have and bug the medical community about doing something about it.

    Lisa Adams

  5. Theresa111 June 22, 2007 at 12:08 am #

    I love this connection with your son. The fact that you share the intimacy with us.

  6. Jeane Michelle Culp June 22, 2007 at 2:37 am #

    Rapieress: not since Lucille Ball, has there been such a delightful profoundly complex red headed mother with wit!

  7. Cakehead June 22, 2007 at 4:50 pm #

    What a sweet conversation with your son. I can feel the connection just reading your words and I got teary eyed reading it.

  8. Wonder June 22, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

    A beautiful post, very sweet.

  9. Pam June 23, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG. I too love the connection you have with your son. The Fathers Day shout out was great. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  10. Kali June 29, 2007 at 12:10 am #

    Being a Mom myself of a three year old, those conversations are what I savor the most. Sorry to hear about the thyroid but its more common than we know. My Mom has a really serious thyroid condition and I have to get my levels checked every three months! I’ll come back for more….XO

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