I have struggled with health issues since my kids were born. After six or seven years of rapidly declining health, I started aggressively looking for medical guidance, but it took me three years and fifteen doctors to finally get my Hashimoto’s Disease diagnosis. Hashis is an auto-immune condition which often comes with a constellation of other issues (which was the case for me).
Getting my life back has been a multi-year effort. I have chronicled my learnings and experience since I was first diagnosed. Here is a quote from my first blog post about why:
One of the reasons I felt particularly compelled to make my experience public is because an estimated 75% of those with autoimmune conditions are women, and 90% of those diagnosed with Hashimoto’s are women. And 45% of women who approach doctors describing symptoms like mine are handled dismissively, and told that what they’re experiencing is in their heads, or that their fatigue is the reality of being a working mom. As a result, as many as 60% of people suffering are undiagnosed.
Although sometimes it feels like I am revealing too much on the personal front, I share with the hope that others will gain the understanding and the information they need to advocate for their own healing.
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- It’s not just Flint - Every day I read more news about toxins in our environment, and the growing body of research that makes the connection between these (largely unregulated) chemicals and a variety of insidious health conditions. I feel like Americans generally don’t understand the seriousness of the situation, and how much corporations affect our environment and ultimately our […]
- I have Hashimoto’s - I had intended to write a post for Thyroid Awareness month (which was in January). I thought it would be important to share my experience, with the hope that others would get the help they needed way sooner that I did. But, if nothing else, this disease is teaching me to manage my own expectations about […]
- Wheat Belly - I finished the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis earlier this week, and I recommend it! But before I summarize what the parts I found the most compelling, let me give you a little background about how I found myself reading in the first place … We introduced oat cereal to our oldest son shortly after […]