I read this post today and felt someone needed to hear it. I am not going to beat a dead horse; however, I am going to say that unfortunately, a few people in my life have not understood where I was coming from or what I was going through the past 4 years. I was quiet with my other diseases as I thought it was expected. When my friend suggested I start this blog, well, I did so under an avatar because I wanted to be honest about what was happening. I personally believe “normal” is just a setting on a dryer too, and too often people hide what is going on inside their heads for fear of repercussion. That isn’t who I am, and never will be.
So today, a friend shared this:
I am grateful for my supportive friends and family who have gone out of their way to make special meals and take me to special restaurants.
I feel so blessed to be where I am today, compared to the beginning of my journey…when I slept under two blankets in my Los Angeles apartment, when I had constant brainfog and needed to sleep for 11 hours to feel rested, when I was anxious all of the time, when I was losing my hair, when I had carpal tunnel in both hands, when I was addicted to caffeine and sugar… when I felt that I couldn’t do anything.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, it became a butterfly”
This is a very personal quote from my Hashimoto’s journey. I thought my life was over as a result of this diagnosis, but I now realize that Hashimoto’s has made me a better person, the person I am today.
Mark Hyman, MD once said: “I didn’t choose this type of lifestyle, my body chose for me”, and this really resonates with me.
The person who wrote this is Dr. Izabella Wentz. I don’t know her at all. In fact, I just found her site today. What I like about what she said, is that it’s honest. The doctor who told me about mine acted like it was no big deal. Period. No one, and I mean no one, put anything together for me. They left me alone to hurt, and sometimes, I would cry in their office as I asked them what more we could do. I got blank looks and was told perhaps I needed antidepressants.
So after copious amounts of research, I have finally put together a timeline of what actually went “wrong” in my body. I know what happened. I also know how to “fix” it. The crazy thing is, this lady put it together around the same time too and I think she has a better understanding of What’s Really Going on in Hashimoto’s?
The bottom line is, because of my Iron Overload, and the push to make me anemic, it tipped the scale in the wrong direction. Trying to “fix” (I use that word loosely as there is no cure) my PCT/HH by numerous phlebotomies led my body into a state of attack I was in no way prepared for. Ever. Because all of my conditions have the same symptoms, with the exception of the latest, the food intolerance, I didn’t know what was going on. I have a path and I strongly encourage anyone out there suffering with Hashimoto’s not to wait too long to start healing yourself.