Many of you recently read my post about my discovery that I have Candida. What many of you don’t know is that Candida is oftentimes a precursor for autoimmune disease and it’s this threat that really propelled me forward in my battle against Candida. I was too late. On Tuesday September 17, 2013 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. In other words, my body is attacking my thyroid.
I’ll be honest, the day I found out, I allowed myself to throw a pity party. I continuously asked God, “Why me?”, I cried to my mom and sister, and I contemplated a life where I would never again be able to have my Grandma’s red velvet cupcakes, where I would probably be diagnosed with other autoimmune diseases in the future, where I wouldn’t be able to live where I wanted to live because the diet required with having Hashimoto’s would be too expensive.
Yet somehow, I woke up the next day with an entirely new perspective: I was going to beat Hashimoto’s. Now I know if you ask any mainstream MD or Google for that matter, you’ll be told autoimmune diseases are incurable. But I was lucky enough to be blessed with an amazing holistic doctor who studied under Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Rector. He said not only is beating Hashimoto’s possible… he’s helped patients do it.
According to Dr. Rector, there are three major lifestyle factors that turn on the genes for Hashimoto’s: infection, sensitivities/allergies, and toxins. So, this week I will be flying out to Texas to get tested for every day toxins, heavy metals, mono, epstein barr, and food sensitivities. The idea is that if we find out what factors I have, and then eliminate those factors, we can eliminate my thyroid antibodies by turning off the genes that sent them speeding through my immune system in the first place.
As long as I do have those pesky thyroid antibodies, I must eliminate gluten and cow dairy completely (not that I was really eating either of those on my Candida diet anyways), I have to eliminate whatever foods I find out I’m sensitive too, and if I’m found to have toxins in my body I’ll be put on a chelation treatment and will have to eliminate those toxins from my life by replacing beauty products, cleaning products, etc.
The road won’t be easy, but I am making the promise to myself and too all of you that I will beat Hashimoto’s, I will prove modern medicine wrong, I will heal my body holistically, and I’ll do it all with a great big smile on my face because I know, with every fiber of my being, that this is the path God meant for me. You can’t have a testimonial without a test, and this is mine.