My last Wisdom Bites post got me to thinking about the fact that by all rights, I should not be sitting here typing all of this stuff to you. I should be too sick for it. The fact that I’m as healthy as I am is a miracle.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 1999. It was a result of a late-term miscarriage. (Hashimoto’s is often triggered by serious body trauma.) I got very sick. I went to two traditional medical doctors and one homeopathic doctor. They all told me the same thing: Without medication you’re going to deteriorate. You’ll gain weight, lose mental faculties and be in pain regularly. You *must* have your pills daily.
The first doctor prescribed pills that made me worse, and followed that with a slew of pills to treat the new symptoms. The second changed the medication and I got a little better, but still had many other issues, and I refused to take the other medications because there were too many side effects. The natural practitioner put me on the best medication I’d had, and for quite some time I was a close to healthy as I could get, all things considered.
There came a time when I simply couldn’t afford the $90 a month for my pills. Because I had no insurance and the medication wasn’t from Big Pharma, I couldn’t get any help paying for it. I had to go without. Needless to say, my health got worse. Weight gain, depression, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, memory loss, insomnia and more. I did the best I could to survive each day. It wasn’t easy.
Some years later, after what seemed like an eternity of struggle I watched a movie depicting people who had cured cancer and other ills with just their minds. Whether it was prayer or laughter or will, they had overcome. I decided that if they could do it, I could do it too. At first it didn’t work. I was sick and upset. It took a couple of years to really get my mind in the right place.
I’m not 100% healthy now, I still have issues, but for someone with HT that’s been untreated for more than a decade, I’m a walking miracle. A couple years ago I went to a clinic and had my thyroid tested, and they said I didn’t have HT! They thought I was making it up until I produced my previous doctors’ documents. There is no cure for HT, so there should be no way for my thyroid levels to be normal and my body to show no signs of ever being affected.
I believe that I have actually overcome the Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I think the issues I have left are a matter of stress and poor nutrition. Through meditation, mindful living and better eating I’m seeing steady improvement in those final areas. I have no doubt that I can overcome the last of it and become fully healthy. I may actually be healthier when I hit 40 than I was at 20. I probably will be.
I’m writing this because I believe others can do what I’ve done. You can do what those others with more severe diagnoses did. You can improve your health, even if you have a condition which you have been told can only be handled through medication. You don’t have to suffer, you can become healthy. Perhaps this might give some of you hope of a healthier life.