Read The Short Story
Know a little more than my basic professional profile. Learn what prompted me to want to go to school to become a nutritionist and why I am passionate about using food as therapy.
How I Live with
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
Getting diagnosed with any condition isn't easy for anyone. No one person really wants to admit that they have a condition if they cannot see the physical impact of it. See, physicians are trained in a way to collect evidence to appropriately diagnose a patient. Many times what occurs is we doubt our physicians or believe them explicitly. However, we never turn to our own habits, our own ways of living, or the evidence that sits right in front of us. Thus, when we hear the news, we don't really know what to do.
"Getting diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease is merely the beginning of a life that the universe set before me."
I was first diagnosed in 2003, which is way too young for the amount of information physicians need to relay, to sink in. After neglect of my medication prescription, five years later, I was diagnosed again. Both times with I was diagnosed with Graves' disease. The third time, in 2016, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It took three diagnoses before I finally realized the severity of my condition, a condition I was doomed to have for the rest of my life.
In researching my condition, I was farntic. I was able to find too much information everywhere, that was meaningless and the right information that was scarce. I felt I found the same information always, and could never get the information I needed, which was how do I get rid of this disease?
"I needed real answers, real fast!"
After giving up and tired of hearing how incurabl emy disease was, I began to do my own lab tests, and in those tests I found out that I had all three thyroid antibodies. Did this mean I had both Graves' Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis antibodies? Not knowing if I had two diseases or one, I became quite confused and extremely over stressed.
During my time I had part of thyroid removed, with no results, and radioactive iodine, also with no results. I felt hopeless and didn't know what else to do. I firmly believed in the law of "what goes up, must come down." Therefore I believed, "what can be done, can be undone!"
"I concluded that I had one condition, but scientists couldn't figure it out so they gave it two different names."
I am no medical doctor, nor am I an Endocrinology specialist, but how is it that none of these people can figure this out? Therefore, out of curiosusity I turned to nutrtion and biochemistry. After trying different strategies and techniques, one day I stubmled onto something exquisite and in three months I reversed my antibody lab ranges by 1/2, and was able to reduce my medication by 1/2! I was also able to get back on board with a great endocrinologist and we put a plan together to get this disease deceased...
To be continued.
How I went from Patient to Expert
Wondering how I went from being a patient to being an expert? It's like poetry, really. You never know when to express your emotions or what schemes may come into play next, but just knowing the right words can change your world! These are the words that changed my life!
"Changing is a time of discovery,
to have a chance to make a difference,
that will enable you,
to find out who you truly are,
to help you...
get from where you are today,
to where you want to be tomorrow!"
Written by: Jasmine Blake Hollywood
I am living proof that anyone can start from the bottom and make it anywhere, and can literally say to 9 out of 10 people, “I’ve been there, done that.” So, the struggle that most of you are going through is real and I’ve experienced it myself.
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