WHY WOULD YOU NAME YOUR SITE THANK U HASHIMOTO’S??
I’ve had many emotions as I’ve travelled on my journey with Hashimoto’s. First there was disbelief, then there was sadness, then there was anger, then determination, then defeat then there was radical acceptance. When I was first diagnosed I put so much energy into the idea that I would beat this, not really understanding that Hashimoto’s was now part of me. There was no beating it but there was living with and managing it so it didn’t take away my life.
Having Hashimoto’s has taught me many lessons. Some of them I welcomed, others not so much. Because of Hashimoto’s I learned more about my genetics which has shed some light on some health issues I’ve had most of my life. It helped me learn that my son carries some of the same damaged genes that I have. I learned things we could do, with supplements and food, to try to minimize the effect of these genetics. By doing this hopefully I will help my son avoid many health problems that he may have developed if we didn’t know about them. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
Hashimoto’s has forced me to learn to slow down. I physically had no choice. My energy seemed to disappear over the year since I was diagnosed. My muscles and stamina disappeared as my hormones decreased. I was forced to do the most basic yoga and Pilates practices when I had been used to doing almost full Ashtanga practices. It was very humbling and I was thankful to have the guidance of my guru otherwise I might have turned some of the negative talk inwards and thought that it was my fault. It’s not anybodys” fault” necessarily when you are doing what you can to take care of yourself and your body still feels like it’s falling apart. I’ve learned that my body was just trying to alert me that something was very wrong. Each symptom was a message not meant to irritate me but to get my attention. These messages had started long before the Hashimoto’s diagnosis but it was the diagnosis that got my attention to really take more action. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
I sought out new healthcare providers who jived better with my beliefs because of Hasimoto’s. I’ve always believed in a more wholistic model of healthcare but since living in Las Vegas I hadn’t found anyone besides my guru. When I lived in NYC there was an osteopathic homeopathic physician that my brother, myself and my son all went to who helped with many conditions. I’d gotten lazy and more accepting of the fractured mainstream medical system but Hashimoto’s (or most chronic diesases for that matter) aren’t managed well in that system. I wouldn’t accept that so now I have a team of healthcare professionals that helping me rebuild me. Thank U Hasimoto’s.
If I didn’t travel the road that I have with Hashimoto’s I would never have learned as much as I have about leaky gut, autoimmune diseases, specific supplements, different diet protocols, etc because I never would have tried them. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed trying these things or spending lots of money on them but I do appreciate the knowledge that I now have for both myself and for others. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
Every day can be different when you have Hashimoto’s. My energy level can fluctuate from day to day even if I think I did the same thing the day before. My mood can be affected by how my gut is feeling. My tolerance for stress is dependent on how tired or how much pain I’m in. I’ve learned to live in the moment more and to appreciate the good days. I’ve learned that the bad days are temporary too. I’ve learned to breathe more and really prioritize what’s important. Having a limited reserve of energy makes you really decide what you want to spend that energy on. Most days I choose to spend that energy on self care by walking my dogs, doing yoga or Pilates, spending time with my kids and husband and writing. I’m very blessed to have this realization that life and all the things it will throw at you are ultimately temporary. That means the good and the bad. If you have patience the bad will change to good and the good is more enjoyable if you know it may be fleeting. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
Now I might be sounding very Buddaish so I will tell you I have had many moments of sadness, wishing for what was before the diagnosis, anger at my body, anger at my genes (sorry mom and dad), why me’s, jealousy of “healthy” people, being pissed off at all the money I’ve spent on trying to get well and wanting to just say fuck it. It would actually be easier to have stayed in that mode but what good does that do? It hurts me more than the disease in my body because ultimately that’s not who I am or want to be so I spend each day working (it’s a lot of work) on radically accepting what is and focusing on the things that make me happy while still having Hashimoto’s. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
What do you have to thank Hashimoto’s for?