I was that mom. You know, the one who was still a size 6. Who seemed to have boundless energy. Who was constantly on and never seemed to grow weary. Until…. about six years ago.
For six years I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress. My dad died January 11, 2011 (and I’m a daddy’s girl). And from that point on, life has gotten crazy stressful.
The threat of losing my house kind of stresses. And from what I am gathering, that was the trigger that led to my Hashimoto’s Diagnosis.
Since so many of us are facing this diagnosis, I knew I had to talk about it.
Share about it.
Come to terms with it.
Live with it.
I’ll write almost as if I’m writing in my journal.
Sharing my story.
As it unfolds.
I am 51 years old. And have never been over-weight my whole life. Until about three years ago.
But nothing had changed.
I wasn’t any more or any less healthy.
I wasn’t eating any better or any worse than normal.
I wasn’t doing any more or any less exercise.
So when I gained 50 pounds in less than three years, I knew something was wrong.
My mother had thyroid issues for 50 years. Two of my brothers and a nephew are on thyroid medication. So of course, I started with getting my thyroid tested. As I had many times before.
The test, yet again, showed everything was “normal.”
But I knew this was not “normal” for me.
So I researched.
What I learned is that you have to use several different tests to get a full picture of your thyroid health. Fortunately, in December of 2015, I found a doctor who would do the full panel of tests. A naturopathic doctor who happens to be an MD.
What a blessing to find him!!
The frustrating thing about this is… my doctor pulled all the labs at the end of 2015, and his nurse called and said I needed to go see an endocrinologist. And I’ve already tried to go the traditional endocrinologist route and just heard my thyroid function was “normal.”
When I returned to my naturopath doctor at the end of 2016 for a checkup, he gave me my lab report. Here it is …. with my initial notes as I try to figure out what is happening.
So this is where the story of my Hashimoto’s journey begins. With a bunch of numbers that mean nothing to me (yet) and lots of questions. In my next article, I’ll share the panel of tests my naturopath used and what his very first recommendation was. It might surprise you.
You can find all the articles in this series here.
Have you been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s? How long ago? Do you have other thyroid issues in your family? Have you identified what might have triggered it for you? Leave me a comment below. Let’s help each other navigate through this crazy maze of treatment and recovery!!