In 2016, I (Leslie) was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This in-short means that my body attacks and destroys my thyroid gland. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, and often undiagnosed.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2006 and put on Synthroid. Because my standard thyroid labs remained in the normal range, none of my other symptoms were ever tied to my thyroid, and requests for my doctors to pull other labs were always denied because they "weren't needed". As you can imagine, this type of stuff can be super frustrating and lonely - especially feeling insane because you have a ton of ghost symptoms doctor's can't figure out. Just like how finances affect every area of our life, so does our health. That's why I decided to start incorporating some health stuff into this blog some in hopes of helping even one other person.
Here's my non-scale-victory:
The time between these photos included a lot of weight fluctuation, chronic pain (back pain, joint pain, digestive issues, gut pains, nerve pains), lack of energy with insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety (for which I went through 12 weeks of counseling in 2014), a severely sprained ankle that took months to heal, thinning of my luscious hair, increasingly blurred vision, terrible menstrual cycles... need I go on? This was all just in the past year too, the tip of the iceberg for all the health related frustrations over the past decade and nothing compared to what others suffer due to their auto-immune disease. In learning more and more about autoimmune diseases it seems like some of my childhood health issues could possibly be related, but there's probably no way to tell for certain.
My friends finally convinced me to join them in the Whole30 challenge in October 2015. After surviving the horrible detox I quickly started to feel my body changing for the better and even lost a little weight. We ended the challenge the day before Thanksgiving and my intention was to not let myself cheat too much and do a reset Whole30 at the new year, but I quickly found myself feeling terrible. Comfort foods were not satisfying at all, christmas cookies weren't worth the digestive issues and no longer tasted the same, and I felt fatigued 24-7. I would eat a clean meal and notice a burst of energy like my body was screaming in joy to thank me for feeding it real food and I couldn't deny the food/body correlation anymore.
I began searching for a Naturopathic Doctor who would actually listen to all of my current and prior symptoms - unlike my prior doctors who just prescribed pills for everything. After a few appointments and lab-work (so thankful for insurance) she officially diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I've since been on the slow path to healing but feel like a completely different person in some ways because of they physical changes I've felt in my body.
"Diagnosis" can be such a scary word, but for me it's meant freedom. It's constantly amazing to me how food can either fuel, heal or poison our bodies. I'll be posting occasionally about this journey and include occasional posts on recipes and how it affects our budget.
Please note that I am in no way a health professional so none of the information I share will have claim to anything other than what I'm learning or finding helpful for my body. If you relate to any of this information please speak to your doctor or find a Naturopathic Doctor who will listen to what your WHOLE body is telling you. I firmly believe that God gave us all intuition, including things regarding our bodies. If your doctor doesn't listen to you, find one that will!