Back in 2012, I reached a point where I was tired of feeling like crap all the time and had basically hit a brick wall with my doctors. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2009, I had been on increasing doses of synthetic thyroid hormone. My blood work was normal, but I continued to feel worse and worse and I’d had enough. While my gynecologist seemed to really care and want to help me, she had done everything she knew how to do. What I needed help with was beyond the scope of her practice. My primary care doctor treated me like a number & wanted me on 125 mcg of Synthroid no matter how bad it made me feel! He ignored my complaints of worsening symptoms and didn’t even look at the list of supplements I was taking. At that point I felt like I was out of options, so I knew it was time for me to take control! You can read the full details here if you have time and care to know all the gory details that brought me to my breaking point. It’s a long read though, so make sure you have a few minutes and really want to get to know me better.
Because I was completely fed up and I am VERY stubborn, I decided I was going to find a way to feel better. We couldn’t afford to pay for a naturopathic doctor out of pocket, and those type of services are not covered by our insurance. So I did the next best thing – I bought a stack of books and got to reading. Every night I would read before bed, and at work I would read blogs every time I had a few minutes (and even sometimes when I didn’t!). Over the course of about 8 months I slowly began to implement changes, one area at a time. When I decided it was time to change one area, though, it was a complete change! When we switched to nontoxic personal care, we gave away all the toxic stuff all at once & replaced it with nontoxic versions. Each time we implemented a change, the toxic stuff was purged and replaced with nontoxic items.
Here we are approximately 3 years later, I’m 95% symptom free, off medication and in sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Do I still have some issues? Yes. They usually surface when I don’t follow my diet for multiple days in a row. Losing weight and seeing results from exercise is still an uphill battle, but I simply remind myself that it takes my body longer to respond to those things. I’m happy to say that I feel much better. Best of all, I have the drive to go after the things I want out of life again. I’m much more present when I’m with my family and friends, and I enjoy life much more than I did back then.
One thing that I wished I would have been able to find when I started this journey is a single guide to help me get started into a nontoxic lifestyle. If I had known about some basic things in each category by reading a short and to the point book, I believe I would have achieved symptom relief much sooner! For example, I was about 6 months into making changes before I discovered a thing called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (also known as MCSS). At that point I had already made most of the changes I needed to make, but it would have been nice to know about it right away!
Well, I’ve decided to fill that gap! I’m really excited to announce that I am in the process of creating an ebook to help other people who need to clean up their home environment quickly. This book is going to be just what I wish I’d had back in late 2012 to give me a jump start into nontoxic living. It’s a condensed version of information it took me months to compile. When you have hypothyroidism it’s difficult to find energy to do anything, even reading and trying to decide what changes to implement. If I can make it easy for people to make changes and feel better quickly, it would be a dream come true! I can’t wait to help people with hypothyroidism with this ebook.
I would really love to hear your feedback. Please share your thoughts!
- Are you aware of all the areas in your home where there are toxins that can be affecting your health?
- Is there a particular item you know is toxic, but aren’t sure how what to replace it with?
- What would you be willing to pay for a book that would save you months of reading and give you examples of changes you could implement quickly?
Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!