Healing my Hashimoto’s

It was late 2011 when I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. 
 
In retrospect I had started to get sick a couple of years before but at the time couldn’t see how all the changes in my health were connected. The weight gain, the viruses and infections, the lack of energy. 
 
If I had not been working so hard in an executive role and living on a tropical island in the middle of the Whitsundays I might have taken the time to do a bit of research on what it meant when in 2009 the local GP told me I had grumbling Hashimoto’s. But he reassured me it was nothing to worry about at that stage and when it progressed to being an issue there was some Thyroid medication I could take.
 
So I just got on with life and my health continued to go downhill. 
 
Fast forward to 2011 and without me understanding at the time, my grumbling Hashimoto’s had become a very big issue with a whole raft of new symptoms. After a week in the Mater hospital where they told me nothing was physically wrong with me, a GP at the clinic near work finally diagnosed why I was so sick. I had an auto immune disease that affected my Thyroid called Hashimoto’s Disease. It wasn’t until much later however when I had a clearer head and was starting to heal that I connected the dots with that initial diagnosis a couple of years before. 
 
That second diagnosis changed my life. 
 
Since then I have learnt everything I can about Thyroid and auto-immune disease and worked hard to put all the pieces together to heal my body and restore my health. One of the first things I discovered was taking 50 mgs of Thyroxin every day was not going to heal my auto-immune disease. It may give my body some more T4 hormone to use but unless I could address the core issues I was never going to feel well again.
 
So began the long journey of finding a doctor who understood hormones and auto-immune disease and a naturopath who could help me rebuild my system.

Today, 10 years later, I have the odd day where I feel inflammed and exhausted but 90% of the time I am strong and healthy as long as I eat well and do the right things to nurture my body. 

Getting to this stage however was not easy. Everytime I got through one layer of healing, another layer presented itself and my naturopath and doctor quickly discovered how sensitive my body was to anything new.  

What worked for others did not work for me and quite often resulted in me feeling significantly worse. My only option was to go slow and gentle and get used to three steps forward and one step back.

What I discovered was there were 5 key elements that were fundamental to me healing was body.

My 5 Elements of Healing

1. Detox and heal my liver using food – Methylation issues, glutathione issues and a reaction to many of the supplements and herbs that other people could take meant food was going to be the best solution for me

2. Heal my gut and digestive system – Auto-immune disease start with a leaky gut. Mine was a mess so the first step was to start with a strict elimination diet supported by gut supplements to nourish and heal my gut

3. Rebuild my immune system – After contracting EBV in my twenties and then Ross River Fever and Staph Infections living in the tropics my immune system was struggling. Calming down these viruses and addressing these infections required many months and years working with my naturopath to get my immune system really strong again

4. Rebalance my Adrenals – years and years of stressful jobs meant my adrenals were in overdrive. I needed to give them a whole lot of love and calm them down. 

This meant giving up work for 6 months, sleeping lots, meditating and eating lovely nourishing food. I knew I would never be able to return to the demanding executive roles that had contributed to me getting sick but after this intense period of nurturing and healing my body I was well enough to go back to part time contracting roles. 

5. Address my Menopause symptoms – A lifetime of Endometrosis resulted in the removal of my uterus at 43 and my ovaries at 49 introducing me to the joys of early onset menopause.

My menopausal symptoms were debilitating and it was not until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and  I found a doctor who understood hormones that I got them under control with progesterone cream and a nutritious gluten, dairy and sugar free diet.

Your experience with Hashimoto’s Disease will be different to mine. You can read my Hashimoto’s story here.

We are all born with our own individual genomic profile. None of us are bio-identically the same and we have all taken a different journey to get to the stage where our immune systems are so unwell they are sending antibodies to attack our Thyroid. 

What I have discovered is having the right professionals to guide and support you as you heal your body is essential.

As a Health Coach who specialises in hormones I can work with you to identify and put in place a nutrition plan and lifestyle changes that will help you to heal and stay well.

You can contact me to organise a free health consultation here
Learn more about my Be Well – Age with Confidence and other coaching programs here
 

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