Prior to a few years ago, I lived life in a state of exhaustion. In 2015, my health plummeted with unexplained & seemingly unrelated symptoms.
When I was 38, I was told my arthritis was related to wear & tear and that migraines, extreme fatigue, anxiety, & irritability were reportedly due to PMS. Symptoms continued to progress and new ones such as vertigo, numb arms, hands, and feet, joint pain, inability to walk up stairs, and extensive hair loss arose.
I went to 8 different doctors, including Endocrinologists, Rheumatologists, OBGYN, primary care, etc. who all ran tests only to tell me I was healthy. I started doing my own research and a friend of my mother’s recommended seeking a Functional Medicine doctor.
It was incredibly stressful to feel so ill without the understanding of those around you. Without an actual diagnosis, I often heard, “you’re just out of shape, you need to exercise more.” At my lowest, drawing with the Zentangle method provided mental stress relief.
Reading The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life by Dr. Jeffrey Bland gave me hope and pushed me to keep looking for answers. It was then I decided to go Gluten Free, change to all organic & non-GMO, and start an elimination diet to remove all trigger foods.
I then came across Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz which completely changed my life. I highlighted pages and took it to a Functional Medicine doctor with a list of lab tests to be run.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland. It turns out all those symptoms were related, and the good news was that I was on the right track with clean eating, eliminating gluten, GMOs, and non-organic food and I easily relapse when I go off plan. Eat Clean Live Well by Terry Walters set me on the right path to healthy food and is one of my favorite cookbooks.
I share my story because this is a common state of affairs in our current health system. Our system is set up to treat symptoms, NOT to eliminate the root cause of illness.
I encourage you to be your own health advocate and to live clean. Through lifestyle changes I have reversed most of my symptoms & have the energy to be a wife, raise my 3 daughters, work a full-time job, and create & blog about my passions.
Cheers to living life to it’s fullest!