Welcome to my world. Music teacher, pit bull mom, home owner, fitness competitor, and living a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
So, how did I get here? I knew for months that something was not right. I was in the hospital way too much, being told “everything is fine” but nothing felt fine. I got blood work done by various doctors (none of them endocrinologists) and was told everything was fine. Sound familiar? Finally, a friend recommended me to her endocrinologist. With a family history of thyroid disease, I thought why not? That week I got a diagnosis.
At first, I was terrified: this was going to impact the rest of my life. My meds, diet, and lifestyle would shift completely. I felt trapped and I felt like this was going to hinder me in so many ways. Shortly after my diagnosis, I got some wise words from my sister-in-law:
“Your diagnosis does not define you.”
Something clicked! I knew that either I could let my autoimmune disorder control me, or find the silver lining. I have access to medical care. I have the ability to alleviate my symptoms. The change in my diet would ultimately do me good. I would know for the first time in years what it felt like to be energized, healthy, and happy. I knew it wouldn’t be an overnight fix but I knew it could be fixed and I held onto that.
What’s more, is being diagnosed with Hashi’s and going through this process of regulating my hormones and adjusting my lifestyle made me realize that there are not enough people talking about this. With Hashi’s things are so individualized and most of it, even with the medication, is trial and error. There really isn’t a lot of information out there, or enough differentiated information, for Hashi’s patients to tap into. So I decided to create a platform, another resources, where other Hashi’s patients can find hope and maybe some inspiration and things that work to help them manage their autoimmune disorder.
My thyroid disease does not define me, it empowers me to take care of myself and help other learn how to advocate for themselves when it comes to their health. One thing that you need to understand, especially if you are a chronic illness patient or autoimmune patient, is that your wellness is an ongoing journey. It will be lifelong. It will help you get to know yourself better than you ever thought you could. It will teach you to work with your body instead of fighting it.
In my years I’ve learned one thing: you cannot let outside things define who you are or what you do with your life. You should feel empowered every day to make choices that reflect who you are without outside influence.
So again I say: Welcome to my world and my journey to health. I hope you enjoy the ride!