A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. An autoimmune disease that changed my life, and my husband’s life, completely. And a disease that affects 1 in 3 Americans.
MY JOURNEY BEGINS
Before my diagnosis of Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease, I was the go-getter, bubbly type of woman with dreams and a bright future. I prided myself on my strength, independence, spirituality, and beliefs. I was 27 years old. I wanted children. I wanted a family. I wanted to be a part of a community. I wanted all of the things that you want. That every woman wants.
Shortly after my 27th birthday, I could feel my body changing, and I wasn’t sure as to why.
OVERWORKED OR MORE?
I was constantly tired all of the time, and I thought that maybe I was overworking myself. After all, my job was pretty stressful at the time, and I was spear heading multiple projects and teams. The fatigue and exhaustion that I felt was extremely overwhelming, and I found myself sleeping 12 hours throughout the week, and nearly 15 hours on the weekends.
I had also gained weight. While I have always been pretty comfortable with my body and my weight, I had gained about 40 pounds. And on a 5 foot, 2 inch frame… I felt myself becoming more and more self-conscious every day. I was embarrassed to do anything for some time. I didn’t want to go out to dinner with my husband, I didn’t want my friends to see me and think that I had lost control, and most importantly… I didn’t want to have sex anymore.
As a newlywed, my husband voiced his concerns. While he didn’t care about my weight and what I looked like without clothes, he cared about my health.
DOCTORS AND MORE DOCTORS
We must have gone to at least 3 different doctors before I was finally referred to a specialist who confirmed that I had Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease. It was scary, and I didn’t know what to do. I had heard about Hashimoto’s before, and knew that I probably would not be able to have children, or fulfill many of the dreams I thought would be attainable for a woman of my age. Needless to say, I fell into depression. I thought my life was ending, and I thought that I would no longer to be the woman I so desperately wanted to become.
But once I turned 29… all of that changed. I knew that the thyroid medication I was taking wasn’t changing anything about how I felt physically, mentally, or emotionally. So I finally mustered the strength to seek out the help I needed, and find communities of people who are going through the same struggles and challenges.
I found the support I needed in virtually every inch of the internet. Websites, Facebook pages, personal blogs… I had no idea that there so were so many people that suffered from thyroid disease! And I read, and read, and read until I couldn’t read anymore.
But no one changed my life like Dr. Izabella Wentz, the Thyroid Pharmacist.
FINALLY SOME ANSWERS
I’ve read both of her books, Hashimoto’s Protocol and Hashimoto’s The Root Cause too many times to count! When I learned that she was coming out with a documentary called The Thyroid Secret, I was beyond excited. I knew that Dr. Izabella Wentz would provide people suffering from thyroid disease with the insight they needed to not only manage the disease, but to give people the hope that having Hashimoto’s is not a life sentence.
And then came The Thyroid Secret.
THE THYROID SECRET
It was so much more than anything I could have ever expected. And you bet that I watched every second of all 9 parts! She interviewed doctors who I had been keeping up with over the years, and patients who have been through much worse than what I was experiencing. The Thyroid Secret not only dispelled myths relating to thyroid diseases, but really got to the root of many issues that people with Hashimoto’s and other thyroid diseases face on a daily basis.
There is just so much information that is wrong regarding thyroid disease, and how it affects people. In fact, there are so many medications that are prescribed to people with Hashimoto’s that many people don’t realize how toxic they are!
THE THYROID SECRET CHANGED MY LIFE
The Thyroid Secret is legitimate. Some people might say, “oh, The Thyroid Secret bullshit… The Thyroid Secret hoax…” but as a woman suffering from Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease every single day, I can proudly say that Dr. Izabella Wentz’s documentary has changed my life for the better, and forever.
The Thyroid Secret, as well as many other of Dr. Izabella Wentz’s works, have helped me so much. And Dr. Izabella, if you’re reading this, my husband and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.