A Hypothyroid Way To Dream Achievement Without Oprah

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Back in 2003 I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis . . .

The diagnosis was both a blessing and a curse;  a blessing because it explained so much about how shitty I was feeling, and a curse because it took a good three years to find the right medication combination to help me feel less shitty. You can lose a lot of dream time when you feel pretty shitty for years.

I should explain that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, causing damage to thyroid cells and upsetting the balance of hormones in your body.The inflammation caused by Hashimoto’s disease leads to hypothyroidism. The real bummer is the disease causes a profound metabolic slowing of the body and also, the mind.

It made me feel like my body was swimming in peanut butter.

It made my brain function like someone was holding my memory hostage.

Even worse, my hair fell out.

I was depressed because every day I felt exhausted. It was all I could do to take care of my son.  I gained 60 pounds. I cried myself to sleep at night. I was freezing cold in 80 degree weather. I couldn’t sleep – even though I was so tired I couldn’t move.  It was as if an alien-being had overtaken my body. All the sexiness and joy I knew became a distant memory.  I had trouble focusing. My entire body ached like I had the flu. My legs were swollen and my shoes didn’t fit.

The men I dated thought I was crazy.

Okay, maybe that’s not so new . . .

I’d stare at the reflection in the mirror and wonder who the old woman was staring back at me.  My doctor worried.  The slowness of my heart rate brought up concerns of possible future heart failure.  No manner of thyroid medication he tried seemed to help me get any better.

I was in my early 40s and I felt like giving up on my life . . .

Then, I accidentally stumbled upon a section of AOL called AOL Journals, where a handful of people were starting to do what we now call blogging.  It was easy to set up and with just a click of a few buttons, I was writing for the first time since college. Unbeknown to me, I was about to become a blogger. My thoughts, however, were not as willing to come along on this new blog ride.

They’d lock themselves deep inside my mind – making it nearly impossible to transfer understandable sentences to my fingertips. Pulling thoughts out of my head felt like trying to get a 3 year old girl to let you pull her loose tooth – not happening.

Sometimes I’d cover my face and wonder if I was dying of Alzheimer’s. The writing – something I once thought I was fairly good at – was unbelievably difficult.  I was forced to look up everything from how to spell states to the proper use of their.  Every moment I was wrestling with my brain. I’d hit the publish button on my journal, only to come back the next day and find typos, misspells and sentences which didn’t make sense.

But I was not about to give up.

There was something empowering about the wrestling match I was doing with my once sharp mind.  When my brain ached with fatigue from trying to write coherent sentences, I would use Google to search for information on Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism. Then each time I showed up at my doctors office I’d have pages of notes and thousands of questions. I’m sure he just loved seeing me coming. . .

We’d argue theory and sometimes I’d win – except when it came to my medications. He liked the medications I was on, while I kept insisting they weren’t working well enough. He kept telling me to be more patient. As the months turned to years, my brain did become a little more cooperative, but I felt it was the writing practice – not the medications that was making the difference.  I was more determined than ever to tame this disease that was sucking the life out of my life.

I was out to kill the shitty . . .

I began ordering my own drugs from Canada and the UK, experimenting with doses and treatments.  I joined thyroid advocate groups online and shared my story, as they shared theirs.  It seems I was not the only one who still felt shitty on their medication.

Complete strangers gave me all the information they had collected.  And there were these other thyroid people . . . people happily living their lives on a thyroid drug called Armour.

My saving grace was the day I switched myself from Levoxyl and Cytomel (synthetic prescribed drugs by my doctor) to Armour thyroid. I did it on my own – without my doctors okay.  Within 48 hours it was as if someone  switched on a light in my body.  I was finally able to make it through a day without dying for a nap. When my doctor wouldn’t prescribe it to me, I went on a hunt for one that would.  And I found one. He’s wonderful.

I’ve never looked back.

With Armour my brain function returned and my writing flowed. A funny thing happened to me during this war I raged for my own life: I had fallen in love with blogging. The idea that anyone could sit at a computer, write anything, hit a publish key and have their words read by complete strangers was amazing to me. Within a year I purchased my own domain, set up my blog outside of AOL and turned my mom blog, A Week In the Life of A Redhead into one of the top 35,000 blogs in the world.

I had a dream. A big dream, and I was beginning to live it.

Then . . .

The real estate market crashed. The events which followed forced me to leave the world of self-employment (and living in my pajamas) to the world where people still wore pumps and drank coffee in little white labeled cups.

I hated going back to cubicle life.

It became increasingly difficult to handle the blog, its popularity, full-time work, single-parenting and caring for myself.  Even though Armour was a miracle drug, there is no cure for Hashimotos disease and thyroid disease can still kick your butt when you push yourself too much.  I scaled my posting schedule back from five days a week to one. My readers didn’t like it very much. My dream of having a top website started slipping through my fingers.  I had to focus on feeding my son. To my mind, there was no other choice.

I was bleeding readers every day. I watched as other blogs – less clever (yes I thought this) were making headlines and the big bucks while I was free-falling. I watched them fly past me like I was paddling a canoe and they were flying in a jet. My readership went from 100k a month to 3500, then 1100, then less. And my new job was sucking the life out of me.

The Oprah Effect . . .

Then Oprah announced to the world that she had hypothyroidism too. Better yet, the thyroid community had surmised that she has Hashimotos disease – just like me. Oh praise the universe and Belgian dark chocolate!  I thought Oprah was going to do for thyroid disease what Michael J. Fox has done for Parkinsons disease.  With Oprah aboard maybe we would even find a cure! Maybe she’d even read my blog! All was not lost on the dream front.

But alas, Oprah tends to look at her disease a bit different than conventional doctors, scientists and her sister thyroid sufferers. She has not become the champion for this disease, as I and so many others have hoped.There was no cure or newly funded research coming thanks to Oprah.  She wasn’t coming to read my blog.

It appeared that I would have to rely on me.

So I quit the taxing cubicle job and went to work for fellow 8WD dreamer, Heather.  She encouraged me to resurrect my mom blog, A Week In The Life of A Redhead with her help and support. She then went on to encourage me to start this 8 Women Dream group, because if Oprah couldn’t help, then dammit, I was going to show women how to help each other.

Now here we are, a little over a year into this dream project and many great things have happened  because I decided to help other women with their dreams while working on mine. From that beginning it has morphed into a website where we 8 Women are often more concerned about encouraging the world to dream than to write about our own dreams.

Most days I forget that I have this thyroid problem.  I’m too busy helping people dream.

And that’s got to lead to Oprah.

Or Ellen.

Or more magnificent dreams.

Or maybe even a thyroid cure.

See . . . a hypothyroid girl can still dream.

Catherine Hughes
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  • L.K.

    I had the same experience. But, my downhill slide began around 28 years old.  I had Hashimotos Thyroiditis and could not find a doctor to diagnose it till I was 42.  By then, my career was in shambles, my friends had moved on, i had gained almost 100 pounds, and had a myriad of symptoms that pointed to my body being in extreme distress.  I lost all my muscle tone, my hair was brittle and thin, I had no memory and no energy.  I took part time jobs doing anything to make extra money for the family but could not work full time because of no endurance. 

    My family knew something terrible was happening to me but we all just muddled through with the new me.  I could not find one doctor to admit to me that I had any physical problems except that I must eat an awful lot to be so fat.  And that I should take diuretics. I went through a dozen doctors who all thought I was not sick.

    When a doctor did decide to check my thyroid, she called to say the results were so bad, she couldn’t understand how I survived for over a decade.  But I did.  I will never get my old life nor my old friends back the way things were…so in a way that person died and now there’s me. 

    I can appreciate all you went through.  It’s been twenty years since my diagnosis and I’m still trying to find my way in many ways. 

  • Robert

    Nice entry about dealing with Hypothyroidism. I think Oprah may come around after she isn’t doing her own show anymore. Maybe she will talk about it more and have the time to devote to finding a cure for thyroid-related diseases.

  • Pro Steve

    Hey, great article. Everyone really should beware of soy – not just thyroid people ! It is known to drop testosterone in males and elevate chances of cancer in females! For me personally, I have typically been a fan of Almond, Hemp or Oat Milk; Rice “Cheeses”; Amaranth and quinoa. Anyhow… cool blog… I’m subscribed to your RSS feed now. Remember to still meditate, walk on days you are feeling sluggish, and drink plenty of water to reduce swelling.

  • Ella

    Great article well worth a read ! Best of luck for the future with your disease!

  • Kathyrn Carver

    It got a lot of media attention.

  • alberto deleone

    Is there a combination of certain vitamins or a really good multi-vitamin that will keep a thyroid patient feeling healthy and alert each day? Hypothyroidism kicks my butt.

  • Jenny

    Found some great thyroid info here today. Thank you.

  • Otto Berg

    Great site ladies!

  • Wonderful post on dealing with Hashimostos Disease – I was thinking of writing a similar article on men living with Hypothyroidism, which I will probably still write, but from a slightly different angle. Thanks for sharing this with your readers…Obviously a lot of other thyroid patients appreciate it too!

  • Patti

    There are dos and don’ts for food too. The first and foremost thing that comes to mind is white bread and pasta. This in spite of being the most favorite foods for many of the Americans can make the body difficult to synthesise and regulate insulin. In addition has proved to cause hormonal imbalance in the body. This further stresses the thyroid function. Say no to white bread and pasta.

    Another big no for thyroid patients is caffeine. It has the capacity to depress the thyroid function and can further worsen the situation.

    Broccoli is the topper goitrogenis food. Goitrogens are chemicals which interfere with the hormonal secretion of thyroid hormones. So, it is always better to stay away from them. Adding to this list is the peaches. It belongs to the fruits and is one of the top goitrogenic foods. Watch cabbage too – and peanuts!

  • Wendy

    One of the most frustrating and unwanted symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain. It’s usually slow, but steady. As thyroid hormones basically regulate calorie consumption, we patients with an underactive thyroid tend to have a very low basal metabolic rate. As the low thyroid function indicates a slower metabolism than normal, we find ourselves gaining weight while eating less and doing more.

    Sound familiar?

    But exercise does stimulate thyroid gland secretion and will increase tissue sensitivity to the thyroid hormone, especially for those of us who stay on a constant diet, where our metabolic rate decreases. Exercise helps with this decline. We are suppose to exercise for 30 minutes to one hour at least four or five days each week if we have hypothyroidism. This exercise must be strenuous to work our hearts, such as playing active sports, walking, hiking, swimming, running and biking. Similarly, Exercises that build muscle mass can help us burn more calories too.

    It’s tough for us but it can be done!!

    Great blog.


    • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

      Ahhh yes, the weight gain. I know it well. And the thyroid drugs have not helped with that aspect, although I do feel much better.

  • Ruth

    I had undiagnosed Hashimoto’s/hypothyroidism for several years before I ended up having a complete thyroidectomy/cancer treatment.

    The surgery was not a problem, just a bit of neck tenderness following. The treatment was another story. Had to go off of my thyroid replacement hormone until I was very “hypo,” all while caring for a 18 month old baby (it took me almost 2 full months to drop low enough to treat). Then I took a radioactive iodine isotope (one big pill), and stayed by myself for a week. I could not come near any people, because I was radioactive.

    They tell me that I am cured, but I’ll be on replacement hormone the rest of my life, with blood work and occasional ultrasounds/check ups. Not too bad, for what my body has been through in the past few years.

    I used to wonder why my voice got tired. I used to wonder why I choked rather easily, why I couldn’t keep up with my life, why I felt drained and behind all the time. My voice still gets tired.

    I know that if my endo had not caught this when he did, I would be dead and my child would be motherless. I’m glad I’m here.

    People need to understand how serious thyroid issues can be and Oprah needs to step up and raise awareness!

    • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

      Ruth my cousin is in the same situation that you were and I am thrilled that you are with us. It gives me such faith that she will be fine too. If anything, I wish Oprah would discuss thyroid cancer and bring awareness to this disease. Thanks for your comment!

  • dean

    Terrific Hashis stories!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Thanks Anon for your comment. I have never been a fan of soy – maybe it was my body always trying to tell me there was a problem.

    I am with you on the weight thing and have changed to eating every two hours instead of three meals a day. I do not eat bread, nor do I eat pasta. I actually gave up pasta 5 years ago since it was the trigger food for my gall bladder attacks before it was removed. I still get phantom attacks if I eat pasta, so again I think my body is trying to tell me something since my Grandma was Gluten intolerant.

    I will post here how the eating every two hours goes. I understand it speeds up your metabolism.

    I like how I feel so far – I think I have always had the hypoglycemic thing and this seems to curb it.

    Your story resonates with mine except I was never a vegan. Best of luck to you.


  • Anon Y. Mous

    I was told by my endocrinologist that I had to give up being a vegan. I was sick for months, because my thyroid was in a parlous condition. I have the same autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that slowly killed my thyroid. Because of this, I was very careful about supplementing my soy intake with iodine, because soy can interfere with thyroid hormone.

    In my case, the supplementation wasn’t enough. My thyroid, couldn’t cope with the soy you eat as a vegan for protein. My blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone shot up, I gained forty pounds in four months, my voice dropped half an octave, and I could barely get out of bed in the morning – I literally had to take naps two hours after waking up. I cut my soy intake way, way down. Like, to “amounts so small they’re not on the label”. It was still messing with my thyroid meds, so I finally threw in the towel and added fish and eggs back into my diet.

    After a little over a month of going off a strict vegan diet and eliminating soy, it’s clearly working, I’m almost back to normal, though I’m still tired. (And I still can’t fit into any of my clothes.). So just make sure Catherine, you aren’t ingesting anything that is interfering with your thyroid meds.

    Excellent post, and yes I wish Oprah would get the top thyroid doctors more involved in this disease and bring more attention for a cure.

  • Cruciferous vegetables(brocolli,cauliflower,kale,cabbage etc.) will weaken the thyroid and make you depressed, so minimize your consumption of these.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Interesting and I love cold slaw :-( I’ll keep my on how I feel after I eat them – thank you!

  • I’m a 29 y/o female, 5’1, 160lbs. who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by both Endo and Rheumatologist. I have also recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after running tests to clear Lupus and other like autoimmune diseases. I have been on Levothyroxine therapy for almost three years and my symptoms have not improved. My blood work has improved only mildly. I’ve been thinking of pushing for Armour but am so afraid if it doesn’t work I will fall to the floor in despair. Thank you for sharing your story. It always helps me to find other people going through the same disease.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Think about going on a diabetic diet – eating every two hours and more protein than carbohydrates. I think following this plan really helps and I love Armour, but I do know it’s not for everyone. Don’t despair – just keep fighting for what will make you feel better. You cannot ever give up!

  • Fern Wilson

    I have had hashimoto’s thyroiditis since age 16. Most of that time I have been taking Synthroid. Recently I switched to Armour, and I have been taking that for about 6 months. I too feel so much better. Now I’m not so cold all the time and I even lost a few pounds. However, some of the symptoms that people attribute to thyroid are actually caused by adrenal glands that are not able to produce enough hormones to deal with stress.

    After reading a book called The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, I experimented with some high doses of certain B vitamins and also a B complex. I ended up feeling much worse with bad mood swings, so I stopped them one by one.

    They I learned from reading some of Adelle Davis’ old books that the B vitamins need to be taken as the complete complex, and they need to be in approximately equal percentages of the RDA. It’s fine to take more, but it must be balanced in this way. That’s when I discovered a balanced B-Complex and it really did wonders for my energy level during the day. And once I switched my multivitamin to one also containing a balanced B-complex I finally could get out of bed in the morning without feeling lousy.

    Since vitamin C helps the body use the B vitamins more efficiently, and also helps the adrenals I started taking a sustained release vitamin C as well. I had been taking vitamin E already, so once I used up my supplies, I switched to Daily Vitamin Strips to simplify things. Now I forget my vitamins a lot less often.

    These changes have made a major difference in my life so I am sharing them with you in the hopes it will help you too. Good luck thyroid sisters!

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      My mother has vitamin B shots so you might be on to something there and I am terrible at remembering to take my vitamins – thanks for the reminder!

  • mary

    I have Hashi’s and have had it for 4 years. Have you tried this forums for thyroid help? http://forums.about.com/ab-thyroid/messages lots of knowledgeable people and others with hypo/hashis.

    I think the hardest part of having hashis/being hypo is that I am a horrible patient and never take my medications as prescribed. I am seeing a naturopath now and not sure if I believe all he is telling me. I am on T4/timed release T3 that I have to get at a compounding pharmacy and I have to keep it in the fridge. He also has me taking some awful taking iodine herbal tincture that is supposed to get antibody levels down, though I am not sure that is possible, or if it will even help.

    Although, famous thyroid physician Dr. Brownstein (http://www.drbrownstein.com) has seen many of his patients’ antibodies levels decrease and some go away in response to the combination of iodine supplement and thyroid medication (non-synthetic). He has written a very interesting book on iodine called, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It and discusses the multiple roles iodine plays in our health. He feels that iodized salt is enough to (sometimes) prevent goiters, but is way too low for optimal health (not just thyroid function). He has seen women with fibrocystic breast disease change to normal breast tissue as a result of the iodine supplement.

    So time will tell . . .

    And I agree, I wish Oprah would help with getting out correct information on this disease!

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      I have read Dr Brownsteins work and he was the motivation behind me looking for Armour – but I don’t use an iodine supplement – I’ve seen so many conflicting reports on iodine supplementation for Hashimotos patients – some doctors are for and others are dead against. This is why I wish Oprah would help disclose the real information. Thank you for your comment Mary!

  • UK Dr. Gordon Skinner, renowned advocate for thyroid patient rights and treatment has founded the World Thyroid Register. He is encouraging patients and practitioners to sign up for his registry, which was formed to help address the situation of “patients who are hypothyroid and have yet not been diagnosed and indeed patients who are being managed with an unacceptably low level of thyroid replacement.” So be sure to go over there and register at http://www.worldthyroidregister.com/Method-of-Registration.html

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      When I get a chance I will register – thank you for the information Carol and you comment!

  • Great story. I had no idea hypothyroidism could be this bad. I just thought people gained weight. I can’t imagine what I’d do if my hair started falling out! I wonder why Oprah doesn’t talk about it. Maybe she doesn’t like the idea that she has a disease. People are funny that way. My dad doesn’t like people to know that he has diabetes.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      It’s hard to tell people you have to take a pill every day – and some people don’t like being around people who are “sick”, so I can understand your dad’s feelings.

      And I agree with you on Oprah – coming to terms with a disease is not easy – there are many times I’d like to pretend I don’t have it too!

      Thanks for your comment Susie!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Thank you for your story Kay. I love it when hypothyroid patients share their stories and symptoms. It lets us all know that we aren’t crazy or unusual.

    Sometimes the thyroid is giving out long before it shows up on the TSH test. This is usually an indication of Hashimotos disease as it attacks the thyroid. I was started on thyroid meds as my TSH was climbing.

    My cousin had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed along with lymph nodes. It has been a scary ride for her – and she is so young. She has recovered – thankfully, but I feel so lucky that my thyroid didn’t go in that direction.

    People talk about this being a lack of iodine disease, but it it littered throughout my family so I am not buying it. My grandmother had a goiter and celiac disease, my mom has Hashimotos – my cousins story and I had a great uncle with Lupus, which is a sister disease.

    Thank you for your comment and for stopping by our site.


  • Kay

    After seven years of undiagnosed hypothyroidism – stories just like yours – I was referred to a MD, who is also a naturopath. I’d already guessed for the previous 2 years that I was hypothyroid, but because my labs came back “normal,” by my doctor no one believed me. I gained 110 pounds, my hair was falling out, I couldn’t get out of bed for more than three hours a day (and even that had me nauseous and short of breath), and depression meds couldn’t read the depth of my depressive symptoms. After the 10th time my doctor said my thyroid labs were normal, I put my head in my lap and cried right in their office.

    So I went to the naturopath MD. I brought along with me a months worth of morning resting temperatures and my last lab test. He threw my lab tests away and said, “These are wrong most of the time.” It was a liberating moment. I never wanted to see them again.

    He then diagnosed me based on my symptoms and resting body temperature. He said, “You’re hypothyroid.” I said, “I know.” He said, “I’m going to write you a prescription for Armour.”

    I’ve lost 45 of the 110 pounds and I’ve never looked back. I hate that there are these problems with getting the drug now. It seems crazy that here in America people have trouble getting the drugs that they need due to supply. Wallgreens tried to call my Dr when they were out of Armour and get him to switch me to the synthetic combination of Synthroid and Cytomel. I was so mad and will never use them again. My doctor just laughed them off and changed my prescriptions to Wallmart.

    It’s terrific to see someone like you, doing so much, while hypothyroid with Hashimotos. It gives me hope that I can do all the things that I dream of doing and I can make up for those years lost before I was diagnosed. This is a great site – thank you!

    My sister is hypothyroid, and she just lays in bed and gets fatter and fatter. I think she should come read this since she doesn’t listen to me. Best of luck with all you are doing – Kay

  • Sean Cazzell

    Catherine, too little thyroid hormone regulation can cause a variety of breathing problems. These range from mere frustrating air hunger to death from sleep apnea. I don’t know how you are doing with the new medication but if you begin to have breathing problems ask your doctor to consider upping your T3 alone. Quite a few people are having breathing problems with the change in Armour and need to up their T3. I hope you continue on your road to recovery.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Actually Sean I have been having breathing problems – I’ll check into this – thank you!

  • princessinw8ing

    This book helped me really understand my condition and why many doctors failed to diagnose it: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypothyroidism, by Ken Blanchard, MD and Marietta Abrams Brill

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      I have that book – loved it – it helped me understand that I was not crazy. Thanks for mentioning it and commenting here!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Thanks Megan – when I get a chance I will go check those out. It’s been quite the dance getting my thyroid medication for the past year and a half that’s for sure.

  • Megan

    Since the FDA has shut down natural desiccated thyroid drug production/distribution by Biotech, Major and Time Cap Labs there has been a shortage of drugs like Armour, everyone is scared that these better thyroid drugs for many of us might go away. Because of these concerns regarding the future of natural desiccated thyroid drugs like Armour, thyroid patients and practitioners have banded together, in a coalition designed to help protect our rights to natural desiccated thyroid drugs, under the banner “Save Natural Thyroid.” You can join and help the fight by going to http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Save-Natural-Thyroid and http://www.betterthyroidcare.org and http://www.facebook.com/thyroidpatients. And i agree with you. Oprah should get more involved in this issue. She could help millions of thyroid patients all over the world.

  • Cath I love the story of how you fell in love with blogging: “The idea that anyone could sit at a computer, write anything, hit a publish key and have their words read by complete strangers was amazing to me.”

    It really is so incredibly FUN to blog… I’ve done it before but you helped me take it to a new level (I had never blogged regularly, only intermittently on my travel blog, which I loved…).

    It is such a joy to be a part of this Website and journey and that is all thanks to dreamer YOU (and the other ladies too of course, but you are our fearless leader!).

    So grateful that you committed, overcome such daunting obstacles, and lived YOUR dreams so that we may live ours… Of course we are all still very much in the process of living them together…

    Here’s to us! And to all dreamers out there!


    • Catherine, Site Admin

      I think we should just name you “Ray of sunshine Lisa” because you always swoop in with such a great dose of positive.

      Thanks Lisa for always being there.


  • babykay

    Hashimoto’s disease is a member of the family of “auto-immune” diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis. The thyroid is a strange complicated MOFO and even the best doctors don’t know everything yet. I went a good year without even knowing I had the disease. I was tested because my mother had it and I was likely to get it, which I did. Also Hashimoto’s is seen more often in people with Hepatitis C, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Turner’s Syndrome, and Celiac Disease, so you want to make sure you aren’t suffering from those diseases too. A medical study was recently published that showed a relationship between PCOS and Hashimoto’s Disease. The PCOS patients were characterized by an increased LH/FSH ratio, low progesterone, elevated testosterone and a high prevalence of hirsutism, so you’ll want to watch your hormone levels closely. I follow a low-carb (no bread and no pasta) diet. Sugar can also mess with your energy levels too because it’s so temping to use for energy. Help prevent yourself from becoming insulin resistant by getting enough Vitamin D – another common thing that happens to Hashimoto’s sufferers like us. I hope this in some way helps you. Nice blog too!

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thanks babykay and I agree with everything you have said. My mother is a nurse and she discovered she had Hashimotos after I was diagnosed. I have tried the low carb/sugar thing and yes, it does help a lot. I love french bread though and that is a hard bread to give up when you live so near to where the best french bread in the world is made (SF). Thanks for your comment and encouragement!

  • Leslie

    Did you know that Armour by Forest Labs was refor­mu­la­ted with a raise in cellu­lose in 2009. As a result, it just outright sucks, cau­sing a return of hypo symp­toms and stress on one’s adre­nals. A par­tial solu­tion is to pulverize/crush the tablet, which breaks down the cellu­lose and makes the descended thy­roid more acces­si­ble. Good luck to you! Les

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Yes,and I have had problems Leslie. I am working with a lab who is making my meds but it isn’t the same as the Armour before the change. I am thinking of ordering my medication from the UK again. It’s very frustrating that’s for sure. Thanks for your comment Leslie!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    We have done so much and yet we are always feeling like it’s not enough.

    Every now and then I look at the first few posts and then I see how far we’ve all come.


  • Oh my god! Can you believe how much you accomplished in the last couple years? It always blows my mind how much work – editing, exporting, and (cross-your-fingers) importing content – you did to get A Week In The Life of A Redhead back to your weekly post schedule.

    Congrats on kicking that into gear – and of course herding the 7 of us here to stay on target.

    Hugs – H

  • Laurie Allen

    Swimming in peanut butter….I know that feeling. It’s amazing how strong us chicks really are. I love how we are becoming our own research team, advocating for ourselves and not just accepting Dr’s advice as WORD Is BORN! Thanks for not giving up!
    Big Love, Laurie

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      You helped too – NIA was a godsend!

      Well, and you are too.


  • Remy G

    I think you are wicked smart, and believe that one day you will be the catalyst for the cure. I have a good feeling about this year, cause if you make it we all make it. I’m so thrilled to be one of the 8. Thank you for choosing me…There are no accidents are there? Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. Love, Gimpy.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thank you Remy – you are the best business coach I know ;-) and I am so glad you are doing this with us too!

      See you Saturday!