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As the ILP for this class comes to an end I would like to reflect on what I have learned.  The very first and probably the most important thing is that even though other people have Hashimoto’s and I might have the same symptoms, my body is my body.  What works for one person might not work for me. It is sometimes frustrating when I see that someone has had great success doing something, and then that something doesn’t work when I try it.  I have had to learn to be patient and to keep trying things to find what does work.

And what does work for me? After this summer’s research I have found out that I can’t eat gluten or tomatoes.  I can eat salads, berries, nuts, meat, and a little bit of cheese.  I can drink lots of water and the more that I drink the better I feel.  As far as exercise, I have learned that I can walk and lift light weights.  Jogging or extreme workouts are hurting my body, as of now.  I would like to eventually get back to jogging and/or be able to do harder workouts. However, another thing from my learning is to be patient.  I may not ever get to the point when I can workout as hard as I once used to, but someday I might.  Until then, I have to listen to what my body is telling me.

Something that I have learned about myself as a learner is that I am not very patient.  I wanted the things that I was reading about to start working immediately.  I don’t know why I was like this.  It’s hard to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and just not want to be better, I suppose.

I also learned that when it comes to putting what I learned into practice is difficult.  This is something that I have always struggled with, putting myself first.  However, I think this is so common for moms.  It is easy for moms to make sure that their children’s and husband’s needs are met before thinking of themselves.  My family is very supportive, however they don’t exactly understand what I feel like physically at times.  This summer I tried to think of my needs when it came to my health. However, it’s hard to tell my kids no I’m not going to fix lasagna for supper, because I’m fixing a Hashimoto’s friendly meal for me (and I don’t make separate meals). Or practice something my doctor said which was about getting 8 hours of sleep a night. My kids love to come in and talk to me when I’ve already gone to bed.  This is a routine they have done for a while, because I think at night is when they think of all the things they want to tell me.  This was the most difficult to say no to. I like this time as well.  But I do not hurt as bad in the mornings that I have had a good night’s sleep.

I will continue to do this research about Hashimoto’s as this is something that I will have for the rest of my life.  I want to continue to learn as much as I can and keep trying things to see if I can get to my best self. I have found great blogs to follow and people on Twitter to keep reminding me to keep fighting!