Yesterday, May 25th, was World Thyroid Day. After years of struggling with several issues, my dad was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. But following his diagnosis, it took years before he found a physician that finally understood what was going on with him, understood the nuances of autoimmune disorders, and did something about it.
➖There are several types of thyroid autoimmune disease. For the sake of this post, I’m going to focus on Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks normal thyroid tissue and hormones, resulting in decrease function and production of important hormones.
➖Your thyroid is an essential organ that produces hormones which regulate numerous biological functions in the human body. That’s why the breadth of symptoms of Hashimoto’s, along with other thyroid disorders, range across many bodily symptoms.
➖For some, getting their physician to properly evaluate their thyroid is difficult. Many physicians order a single blood test to assess thyroid function, when there are actually at least 3 tests needed just to determine what the thyroid is doing along with several others to determine if dysfunction is due to an autoimmunity.
➖Child-bearing mother’s need to be especially concerned with thyroid dysfunction as research has shown that abnormalities in thyroid hormones play a critical role in the development of the nervous system in the fetus, neonates, and kids. Hypothyroidism in pregnant women may have lasting impacts on the child’s behavior, motor skills, speech, hearing, cognitive function, and immune function.
➖There are many causes of Hashimoto’s along with many functional medicine and functional nutrition interventions.
➖My purpose with this post is simply to bring awareness to the array of symptoms so you can advocate for yourself and your loved ones if it sounds like anything you’re struggling with might fit the bill. Do not be afraid to discuss your concerns with your doctor and explain why. If your doctor makes you feel uncomfortable when expressing concerns, then consider making a move.
➖The shape on this photo is a microscopic view of a thyroid with Hashimoto’s in the shape of the thyroid gland.
I've struggled with insecurity. I've struggled with accepting my body and its imperfections. One day I'll look in the mirror and not focus on the flaws like my cellulite, thick thighs, my stomach, scars or stretch marks. I'm curvy, I know this and one day I'll love myself completely.
Until then, I'm making slow progress and a new bathing suit helps lol.