This photo, of my much younger self (on the left) with my father, was taken in 1993. He died suddenly just two years later at the age of 57.
In 1980, Dad was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. With this condition, the parathyroid glands, which normally regulate the body’s natural production of calcium, actually overproduce, a problem called hypercalcemia. Over time, hypercalcemia can lead to kidney disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis, dementia and many other problems. The primary treatment for persistent hyperthyroidism is to surgically remove the malfunctioning glands. My father underwent this procedure later that same year. Read more