A Diagnosis…

TwitterA diagnosis…

Today’s blog post is about something personal. It’s about a journey that I, as well as countless others, have dealt with. This week, I was diagnosed with another auto-immune disease. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This disease has alluded my doctors and lab tests for over thirty years. I started having symptoms in middle school. The reaction that people have regarding their diagnosis varies. I am relieved and thankful that this is a diagnosis…finally.

Today’s blog post is about something personal. It’s about a journey that I, as well as countless others, have dealt with. This week, I was diagnosed with another auto-immune disease. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This disease has alluded my doctors and lab tests for over thirty years. I started having symptoms in middle school. The reaction that people have regarding their diagnosis varies. I am relieved and thankful that this is a diagnosis…finally.

Hashimoto’s was named after Hakaru Hashimoto, who first described it in 1912. It is an inflammation of the thyroid, and like other auto-immune diseases, the body attacks it as if it is a foreign substance invading your body. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis has over 300 symptoms. Yes, you read that correctly, over 300 symptoms. I ran off the symptoms, and I have over 100 of them. Some of the symptoms that I experienced were fatigue, joint pain, muscle tenderness, weight gain, anxiety, cold intolerance, memory issues, and hair loss.

As a result of the diagnosis, I can no longer consume anything with gluten or soy, eat cruciferous vegetables, processed foods, or foods containing refined sugar. I also can’t drink fluoridated water. Oh, and to top it all off, I found out that I also have a dairy allergy. Yes, amazingly, I still have things I can eat. I now have to watch carefully what I consume, so my thyroid is not compromised.

There are over 23.5 million Americans that have an auto-immune illness. Both of my sisters have auto-immune illnesses, as well. They do run in families. People that have not experienced any auto-immune disease have a difficult time understanding what people with auto-immune diseases deal with on a daily basis. There are many days that it is hard to get out of bed because you are so exhausted. I have had a hard time understanding how people can have so much energy because many days, I have none…none at all. There are days when you hurt from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. You get through your day, and function because others function, and if they do, then you must function, too.

Please, don’t misunderstand me. I am thankful for my diagnosis because now I can treat the disease that I am dealing with. I am thankful that it is something that is treatable. I know that it isn’t cancer, I know that it isn’t heart disease, I know that I have not been given a death sentence. I am truly thankful to have a diagnosis…finally.

Until next time,

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January is National Thyroid Disease Awareness Month.

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