What is Hashimoto Thyroid Disease?
I thought that I would start out by giving a little background on what it is. Hashimoto Disease is a condition where your immune system begins attacking your thyroid. As you may know your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that is found in the front part of your neck (under the Adam’s apple). The thyroid is a gland that is part of the endocrine system. Your endocrine system is responsible for many things in your body such as metabolism, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, etc. So, you can see that if that is under attack many things in your body are affected. It was no wonder that I started to gain weight and be so tired that I would almost fall asleep on my drive home from teaching. My face, fingers, and ankles were so puffy that I didn’t even look like the same person. This is a good article from Mayo Clinic that tells you more about Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s Article I also found this article about the thyroid gland and the endocrine system to be helpful. Thyroid/Endocrine System
It is a powerful feeling just learning the facts of the medical end of it to be knowledgeable. When I understand what the thyroid does, I understand more of why I am having the symptoms I am having. However, I do think it is interesting in almost all the medical articles that I have read makes it sound like treatment is pretty easy. But when you talk to or follow the people who are diagnosed with the disease, it is NOT treated that easily. Which is why I’ve chosen this to be my independent learning project.
Two books that I have read that were helpful…in different ways from each other, but helpful.
Of course there are people out there with this disease with a lot to say. It’s been quite a process reading through google searches, tweets, Pinterest, etc. What I mean is, I want to find people who are 1. positive, 2, knowledgeable, 3. helpful, and 4. empowering. Not being rude, but it’s been hard to know if some of the things that I am reading are hurtful or helpful. I’m having a difficult time trusting some of the things that people who have this disease are saying. I want to have hope and to feel empowered with what I am doing to help myself. So, what I have decided to do is try to build a strong network of people who have the 4 characteristics that I’m looking for. I’ve also decided that I will focus on diet and exercise as it pertains to Hashimoto’s Disease. I’m hoping that by narrowing down my focus, I will have better success in finding exactly what it is I’m looking for.