I have sat here writing and rewriting this post for almost 2 hours because I find it so hard to explain it to the best of my knowledge but so far this is the best I can do…
Mid October I started to take my health more serious, I was always one to shy away from doctors and relied on over the counter medicine but as time went on I felt nothing was working and I think we can all agree WebMD can be scary as hell!
I met with my physician having explained my symptoms; feeling cold,anxiety,hair loss,fatigue,weight gain and my doctor knew right away they were very similar to the symptoms of hypothyroid however she wanted to be certain in order to provide me with the proper treatment which resulted in follow up blood work,going for a thyroid sonogram,referrals and after that was all said and done we had a diagnosis and that is Hashimoto’s Disease.
Hashimoto’s Disease is when your immune system attacks your thyroid and your thyroid is the butter fly shaped gland in the front of the neck which produces hormones which essentially effect very organ system in the body, it controls the speed of your metabolism, it is also responsible for the growth and development of our nervous system and helps maintain our body temperature.
Apart of me felt relieved for the fact that all these symptoms I felt for quite some time were finally validated. But I also felt naive and confused because I didn’t know what Hashimoto’s disease is, would I die from it? Can it be cured? What kind of lifestyle changes would I have to make? And that’s when my mind started racing with thoughts and eager to gain knowledge about this new disease I will become acquainted with.
The short answer is No, I won’t die. I will be taking my synthroid medication to help my thyroid, and yes I will have to say farewell to the late night Drive thru at McDonald’s 😂
I started reading books, searching the internet, joining online communities to connect with others who have also been diagnosed and til this day I still have a lot to learn and a lot of healing but here I am taking one day at a time to make positive changes that will help make a positive impact on my health and life in general.
I didn’t think I would be open about discussing it because I’m still trying to get a better understanding of it all. I realize that it is apart of me and this will be apart of my life’s journey, so as this year ends I am going into 2020 trying to make better of my life.