My senior year of high school I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. The doctor said that I had the highest antibody count she had ever seen. So, when I heard that, I kind of freaked out...for one day. I remember thinking, "I have a disease! That's a big deal!" but then my boyfriend said: "What's the big deal? I've never even heard of Hashimoto's before". Apparently, he was right. I had never heard of it either. No one put me on any medicine. No one brought it up again. So, life went on as usual. I went to college, we got two cats, we got married, I had a kid, bought a house, graduated college, and got another cat. No problem. However, the next life event wasn't destined to be put in the "no big deal" category. We got a dog. A Siberian Husky named Ophelia.
Getting that dog was the beginning of the resurfacing of my Hashimoto's. "What happened!?!", you might be wondering. Well, let me tell you! We live on about 1/4 an acre, which isn't enough yard for Siberian Husky. They have a lot of energy. Fortunately, our neighborhood does have a TON of sidewalks and a dog park. We went on a walk almost every day anyway, might as well add a dog to the mix, right? So, we got our dog, and took her on lots of walks and to the dog park almost every day. Here comes the climax. Brace yourself for it! One day, when I was at the dog park, I got bit. By an ant. A big, red, Texas fire ant. I don't do bug bites. See below:
So, what happens when I get bit by an ant? My entire foot swells up to my ankle, it gets all red, itchy, and painful. I always had to go to the doctor to get a strong antibiotic. Now, I had been told by several different doctors, almost every time I got an antibiotic, "don't have unprotected sex while you are on this antibiotic, because you WILL get pregnant." First of all, condoms suck. Second of all, I had been on antibiotics and birth control several times before at the same time and had not gotten pregnant as a result of this. Third of all, the E-care doctor gave me a prescription for an antibiotic that I had never been on before. Fourth of all, I got pregnant. Are you surprised? Well, I sure was! So, fast forward a bit (although I'm sure you're just dying to know more about how it was over 100 degrees every day for a month that summer), to February 7, 2012. Our chubby Lucas was born and rocked our entire world.
Has anyone ever told you that having two kids is totally different than just having one kid? Man, that first year was hard (but that's a story for another day)! What made every day even harder was that my Hashimoto's disease had finally decided to rear it's ugly head. I was so so tired. It wasn't because my new baby had colic, either. This was more than that. All I wanted to do was lay in bed all day. My goal for each day was to just get one thing done. "I just need to do the laundry today". My hair was falling out like crazy. Yes, I had just had a baby, and your hair falls out after that, but this was in excess. I have a LOT of hair, and I worried that I was going to start going bald. Every time I took a shower clumps and clumps of hair would come out.
Speaking of hair, I had gone from just one gray hair to about twenty. The ends of my hair were visibly split and damaged. The muscles on my shoulders and between my shoulder blades were always super knotted up and tight. I had crazy brain fog and couldn't think clearly or remember anything. I was having a lot of trouble staying "regular". Apparently you're supposed to have a bowel movement three times a day! I was at around one every three days, if that. Sex drive = non-existent. My thyroid was swollen (it's called goiter when this happens).
Anyway, I knew something was wrong, but it wasn't until I plugged all my symptoms in the Googler that I realized my Hashimoto's had finally decided to come up to the surface.
Hello hello! I just wanted to let you guys know that I am removing this testimonial from my website, but I wanted to explain why. Recently, certain entities have been cracking down on how people are sharing about how they use certain products. I want to tell you that I support what I said happened in my testimonial 100%. Everyone will tell you that I am brutally honest and that I do NOT lie about things. What I said happened in the testimonial is what happened. Do I have the scientific proof I need to back it up? No, and because of that I am not allowed to share my testimonials or experiences unless they fall into very specific fuzzy grey areas because I could be "misleading" you guys. For now, it is what it is! Love you guys and I hope that you will continue to visit my blog!
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