In January of 2012, I was told I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. I didn’t really believe it was all that important to do something about it because I didn’t feel sick. I didn’t have the exhaustion commonly experienced by those with thyroid disease, when I put my mind to it, I could lose weight even if it was really easy for me to gain weight, and I didn’t have any hair loss. There was nothing wrong with me in my mind, so I refused to take medication. The doctor told me to avoid gluten and dairy and see if that helped and I went on my merry way.
Then for the next two years I was told the same thing during every checkup. Did I actually try to avoid gluten and dairy? Not really… I never saw any results, so I didn’t think it was helping enough to go through that hassle. The problem was that I wasn’t allowing either to be out of my system long enough to see any benefits!
I finally agreed to try medication and very quickly I discovered that many of the “minor annoyances” I had dealt with my entire adult life were likely symptoms of my Hashimoto’s. My energy increased and I watched my eyebrows fill in on the end - and I never thought they were sparse! Unfortunately, I kept having adverse reactions to the medications. Heart palpitations, anxiety, trouble sleeping, all added up to a big pile of Not Worth It for me, so I stopped taking them after a short period of time. Then I learned that a family member had been diagnosed with MS.
I had read in several places over the last decade that when you have one autoimmune disease, you’re more likely to develop others. The MS diagnosis within the family was my wake up call. It was my Why.
Since I kept having adverse reactions to medications, I decided to try diet first. I’m a Librarian at heart with a love of research, so I looked around and found out about the Autoimmune Protocol and started there. I saw a noticeable improvement in energy and mood, similar to how I felt on thyroid meds before the reactions would kick in, so I stuck with it.
Was I perfect? Absolutely not. I’m human and changing your diet and lifestyle isn’t easy to do on your own, but I found my Why and I was determined.
Whether you are struggling with an autoimmune disease or simply want to be healthier and lose weight, I want to help you find your Why and support you on your path to Wellness. It’s a constant work-in-progress, especially for those dealing with autoimmune diseases. Having a coach in your corner helping you navigate the twists and turns of the wellness path can make all the difference, especially when your coach has been there and intimately knows what you’re experiencing.