Battling a Thyroid Disorder

I was almost 16 when I first was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Once I was seen by a specialist he diagnosed it as Hashimoto's Disease. It is an autoimmune disease that is frequently attacked with hyper and hypothyroidism. An over and under working thyroid.

I went to be checked out because I was eating like a horse but would not gain weight, in fact I was losing weight and drastically. I was placed on Levoxyl (a thyroid medicine) and it slowly helped get me back on track (I wasn't very consistent though in taking it).

When I was 17, I went in for a needle biopsy on my thyroid and found I had cancer. They did a full thyroidectomy three months later. Since I had my thyroid completely removed, I am now on hormone replacement medicine (levoxyl) the rest of my life.

I actually sometimes regret having my thyroid taking out. I now realized I could have done some natural treatments to help me.

I was frequently worried once I was married how it would mess up my fertility in having children, but no worries there. My second was even conceived while on birth control. 

I have been battling my thyroid disorder for almost 8 years now and it is hard. It is hard because in the past (until the beginning of this year) I did not take it as consistently as I should. I didn't care for taking it and I regretted my decision for having the surgery. I wanted to "pretend" that I never had it and my hormones would act like it was there. Nope. Not happening.

I also would not get it checked out as frequently as I do now. You are supposed to go every 4 months or so. I went every year. Once a year. 


Battling a thyroid disorder is not easy. It is hard and frustrating but it can be helped if you follow these few tips that have helped me:

Take your medicine consistently 

Drink plenty of water

Exercise 

Get some rest

Pray when your hormones get out of balance

Understand this is a life long battle and fight it


These few tips have really helped me this past year in finally coming to terms with my thyroid issue. I am finally taking care of myself better and am slowly getting it back on track. I am finally understanding when stressful events happen in my life, my thyroid goes crazy. It makes me upset, depressed, fatigued and more.

 I am finally learning to battle my thyroid disorder.  I am so thankful for this lesson and learning to trust that God knows everything that is happening and will help me battle this. 

Do you have a thyroid disorder?


8 comments:

  1. Such an honest post... glad to hear you're taking steps to help you feel your best. Praying for you today-- popping over from A Wise Woman. Good to meet you!

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  2. I understand the draw to pretending like all is okay. It's my go-to coping mechanism. But like you, I've learned that it's not the best way. xo

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  3. Stopping in from Simply Helping Him. Yep, Hashimoto's and Adrenal Failure from a goiter, then surgery triggered an autoimmune attack. Living with those and now Primary Sjogren's and Connective Tissue disease. Like hell some days, like you said, lots of pray and strength from Jesus. He is always with us and never gives us more than we can handle. Blessings to you.

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  4. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Like you I am dealing with fatigue, depression and all the other stuff. It's been a struggle to remember to take my medicine, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But I'm learning! :)

    - Stopping by from PYHO

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  5. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Like you I am dealing with fatigue, depression and all the other stuff. It's been a struggle to remember to take my medicine, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But I'm learning! :)

    - Stopping by from PYHO

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  6. wow! thanks for sharing this!
    thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Nice problems of Thyroid is discussed,I take this advices. I'm taking thyroid treatment which going very well as of now under a online doctor this info helped me a lot.

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