Maybe We Can Still Be Friends, Friends With Health Benefits
(Written by Charise, Hashimoto’s Patient)
Truth be told, I’m not upset with you. If anything I sympathize with you because you are unfairly being blamed for my health issues. It’s not your fault that you sometimes generate too much or too little hormones. All you are doing is responding to the cues received from other organs in my body.
When my body went wacky, it was due to various factors. Unrelenting stress, emotional upset, poor nutrition, dehydration, you name it. Of course I didn’t realize how traumatized my body had become until physical symptoms started to manifest themselves.
Dramatic weight gain, hair loss, muscle fatigue & pain, mental fog, neurological issues, low body temperature, etc. Then the chronic conditions started…high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low estrogen. Of course none of the conditions that couldn’t be treated by prescription drugs held my doctor’s attention. But the ones that could be treated by drugs, well he was more than happy to write me a prescription.
The problem though, was that no one was interested in finding the source of all my ailments. No one other than me, that is.
From my various readings I’ve discovered that when the body goes into overload, that the autoimmune system goes haywire. That, dear thyroid, is what had traumatized my body, not you. Please forgive me for initially blaming you for my hypothyroidism symptoms.
I’ve worked hard for the last 2-3 years to get my life back on course and my body healthy. I’m eating healthier, am in less physical pain, removed a lot of stress from my life, and have stopped taking medications with the exception of a water pill. And you know what? I’ve never felt better, nor has my blood pressure been lower.
If anything, maybe I should be thanking you thyroid. Because if I hadn’t been thinking about you, and learning more about you, I probably wouldn’t have made all the changes in my life that I have.
Thank you thyroid for making me take a long hard look at my life. And for encouraging me to learn more about you, how my physical body works, and how to keep my emotional state in balance.
(Bio), 49-year old woman who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease roughly three years ago. Spent approximately two years going to various doctors while exhibiting just about every symptom of hypothyroidism that has been documented.