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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. 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 lab work to find the answers, which is presented right in front of us for us to read.

 

No one person really wants to admit that they have a condition if they cannot see a physical impact of it. Getting diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease is merely the beginning. The effects of this disease increase over time physically and psychologically.

 

I was 1st diagnosed in 2003, which is way too young for the information at this level to sink in. Five years later, I was diagnosed again, both times with Graves' disease. The 3rd time I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I, as with many other people, was diagnosed three times before I finally realized the severity of my condition.

In researching my condition, I was able to find too much information everywhere. It was also inconsistent and spread throughout the web. Many of my findings were contradictory. Which I assume causes confusion in many other people trying to find real answers. 

After doing my own lab tests, I found out that I had all three thyroid antibodies spread between both Graves' and Hashimoto's. So, did I have 2 diseases or 1? Although the reports and results I had could prove this, I felt like the physicians just cared about giving me more medication and not really were focused on reversing my condition.

 

I also had both a partial thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine with no results!

 

It wasn't until 3-4 years later that the Graves' disease began to finally subside but then my body crossed to the other side of the spectrum. I technically already had Hashimoto's antibodies prior to my 3rd diagnosis and was already autoimmune prior to these treatments. So, I concluded that I had 1 condition, but scientists couldn't figure it out so they gave it 2 different names.

Now I am no physician, nor am I an Endocrinologist, but how is it that I reverse my antibodies to nearly remit in 3 months and doctors couldn't do that over a period of 15 years?

I had tried many techniques to achieve wellness and optimal health, and research has taught me many things. So, after struggling with weight, emotions, keratosis pillars, addiction, and an imbalance of energy, I finally was able to treat myself. 

I have personally met other health practitioners that had this disease and have successfully managed to reverse it. The thing is no one person is the same and their whole body works individually like a fingerprint. When physicians give you medicine it works to an extent because it is meant to the same thing no matter what the individual is taking it, meaning it may work better for one person more than the next.

 

That's why I turned to lifestyle and nutrition. Once we figure out our own bodies as a whole, then we can heal ourselves.

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