On reevaluating habits and focusing on what’s important
Hashi & Me is a series of stories for people with Hashimoto’s told by people with Hashimoto’s and other thyroid problems. In each piece, one of us will share our experience with Hashimoto’s, our personal findings and tips. We believe one person’s experience can be useful for others, especially for newly diagnosed people.
This week, meet Whitney from Edmonton, Alberta.
How and when did you discover you had Hashimoto’s? Tell us your story.
I felt like I had a piano tied to my butt. It was super hard to get out of bed in the morning. I was freezing cold all the time, had dry, brittle hair, and difficulty focusing. Being diagnosed finally gave me an answer for all these symptoms I was experiencing—it wasn't all in my head.
This has been a wake-up call for me, it’s made me reevaluate many aspects of my life. I’ve removed unhealthy habits and began to focus on what’s important.
For those recently diagnosed, you’ll have good days and bad days, and you’ll need to make lifestyle adjustments in order to feel better but it's so worth it. Hang in there!
What did you learn since? Do you have some tips or findings to share with other Hashimoto’s people?
Trust your gut, be your own health advocate and do your own research. Doctors often seem to mismanage thyroid patients because thyroid issues are so difficult to diagnose. You need to let them know how you really feel in detail and be very firm about tests you desire.
Also, going gluten free has been a big game changer in how I feel.
What does your day with Hashimoto’s look like?
Some days I feel great and others I feel like I got ran over by a truck—even if I had 8 hours of sleep and am doing everything right.
I relate Hashimoto’s to a game of Russian roulette—every day is different. Be patient and be easy on yourself.
What was the biggest struggle and biggest victory you experienced?
My biggest struggle has been dealing with memory issues, brain fog, and depression. My biggest victory has been writing to help others and to spread awareness about Hashimoto’s.
What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed to ease their first steps with Hashimoto’s?
Be gentle on yourself. Take the time you need to recover.
You might not be able to do all the things you used to and you have to be patient and take care of yourself.