Recommit to YOU - Thyroid Wellness Edition
My mom didn’t feel good for 50 years.
That’s a pretty significant amount of time to not feel well or feel like herself. In her twenties, after sleeping for nearly a week straight, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
She was put on medication and started to feel better. But my parents moved around a lot so when it came time to refill her medication, her new doctor gave her something else.
That something else became her way of life for 50 years.
Fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety that lead to over-snacking, weight gain, hard time with stress management, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, heart disease…you get the idea of progression that had been creeping in during those 50 years.
I once heard the analogy, “metabolism problems due to hypothyroidism usually creep up. It’s not a flash flood that takes out your whole house – it’s a dripping faucet that might erode the foundation over time.”
When she suffered a heart attack, it gave her a new lease on life. She was a stellar student in the eyes of her cardiologist. She changed her way of life and lost 30 pounds. She felt like her old self! However, six months later, her primary physician changed her thyroid dosage and it wasn’t long before the fatigue, brain fog, and exhaustion all came back.
She was devastated.
The amount of medications she was on at the time of her passing was enough to make me angry.
Her voice was never heard.
She never felt SEEN.
She was treated based off numbers and not how she was feeling.
When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and eventually Hashimoto’s, my heart sank. I assumed the same for myself.
In fact, for the first three years, it was.
I was told this was what being a new mom was like and this is my life now.
I wasn’t SEEN and I certainly didn’t feel HEARD.
I started doing my own research.
I started asking the questions my mom wasn’t able too.
I started challenging my archaic practitioner.
I was able to change my medication to what my mom was on 50 years prior.
I was able to support my Hashimotos with the right things to put in my body with a lot of trial and error.
I was able to feel like myself again.
My mom was inspired and asked her practitioner to switch back to her old medication.
She was told no.
She felt defeated.
We did what we could naturally, but there wasn’t enough time.
Three months later, she was gone.
One in eight women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime. 90% of people conventionally diagnosed with hypothyroid are, in fact, suffering with something else: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. It is thought that as many as 15 million more women have a thyroid problem and don’t know it, tolerating their symptoms or seeking treatments for symptoms and conditions that actually originate in thyroid imbalance.
The most common solution is medication. Which is often needed. However, the things that get overlooked are how to manage stress, sleep quality, foods that do and don’t interfere with thyroid function, vitamin and mineral insufficiencies and deficiencies, appropriate movement for your specific life and amount of stress you’re under, and which tests to ask your practitioner to run, not just TSH.
As a facilitator for Hashimoto health, I will guide and help you fill in the gaps that most practitioners won’t. To recommit to yourself fully, to restore your foundation and reclaim your life. It would be my honor to guide you.