A Thynundrum Indeed
I’ve been so angry at you these past few years – ever since you turned on me. I thought we were close. I thought we were looking out for each other. Then you started holding back. You stopped giving me what I needed from you. Of course, I thought it was just me. I thought I was going crazy. Then I found out it was all you!
But now I realize it wasn’t just you. In fact, it’s not even your fault. You’ve been suffering as well, dear thyroid. I’m sorry I didn’t see that sooner. I had no idea you were being attacked daily by my immune system. It must be so hard on you. I wish you could speak to me and tell me why this started happening to you. Is it something I ate?, Is it something I did?, Is it something in the world around me that I should get rid of?, I want to know what it is, but our doctor doesn’t really seem to care about you. He tells me there is nothing that can be done – that you are going to slowly die from these assaults. He says I can live without you. All I need to to do is take a little blue pill every day for the rest of my life.
I DON’T WANT TO TAKE A FREAKING PILL! I WANT YOU TO LIVE!, I WANT YOU TO BE HEALTHY!! I WANT TO BE HEALTHY!!
We’re in this together, thyroid. The doctors don’t care. They don’t care WHY this is happening. All they know is it’s easier to give us a pill and tell us to go away than to work with us on finding a solution. It’s going to be up to us to figure this out. Here’s what I’m doing s far. You tell me if any of this is working:
I’m reducing stress in my life. I’m taking time to meditate and relax.
I’m getting more sleep so you can regain your strength.
I’m eating more organic foods.
I’m taking supplements to give you and the rest of my body what it needs to stay healthy.
I’m working with an acupuncturist and holistic practitioner who sees our problem as a whole body issue, not as isolated things. I’m trying to find others who are in the same situation to see if they have any advice or have had any success. I’m talking to my gut to find out if they are allergic to gluten. I’ve been reading how gluten can upset the gut, and when the gut gets upset, it bothers the immune systems, which can then turn around and attack you, dear thyroid.
All I ask is that you let me know if anything I am doing is helping. We’ll get through this.
(Bio) , I’m 41 years old and live in Los Angeles, CA. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis about 3-1/2 years ago.
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