I’ve shared some of my struggles with hypothyroidism here, but have kept quiet about exactly how bad it’s been for the past eight months or so. It shows in the poor quality blogs I’ve been putting out, my disappearances from Facebook for days at a time, and the fact that I’ve only published three books this year – and two of those were written long before 2014 arrived.
That is how bad I’ve been feeling.
Fortunately, one of my readers (who has become a good friend), told me about the Thyroid Summit in early June. She doesn’t have hypothyroidism, but knows I do, and so she passed the information along.
I didn’t have the energy or ambition to listen to all of the doctors, but I chose a few that most interested me – and I can’t tell you the difference this has made in my life.
Two of the things I’ve added because of that Summit have made a huge improvement in how I feel. Adrenal Stress End and Colostrum Plus. Between those, and the Natural Calm (magnesium supplement) I started taking in May, the change in how I feel is amazing.
And no, I’m NOT using affiliate links, so if you click on the blue links, I won’t make a dime. I’m just impressed with how these things are working for me, so I’m sharing in case someone else feels as awful as I have.
Do I feel as good as a ‘normal’ person? Not even close. But compared to how exhausted I was, I’ll take it! I’m living my life again, getting things done, going for drives.
In the past two weeks, I’ve written almost twenty-thousand words – and I’m actually getting ahead on installments for the Newsletter Novella. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of editing for a fellow author lately. Given that it took me five months to write one short novelette (non-fiction), and edit one book and one novella, the fact that I’m being this productive is incredible!
The thing I’m most excited about though is that I’m excited about writing again. When all you want to do is sleep, it’s really hard to gather your thoughts enough to write. It’s hard to even want to write. But now that I feel so much better most days, the desire to get my stories out is back.
I’ve never accepted the reality that I’d always feel lousy. That’s just not an option for me. I have a life I intend to live and enjoy to the fullest. I don’t care if I have to take fifty supplements a day to make it happen either. I refuse to let this disease, disorder, condition, or whatever you want to call it win.
I guess you could call this my theme song…
In case you’re having the same thyroid-related fatigue issues I am, I also take a good multi-vitamin, B-complex, B12, probiotics, 2-4 grams of vitamin C every day, Co-Q 10, and 10,000 i.u. vitamin D3 every day. I try to remember to have 2-3 tablespoons of beef gelatin powder (the kind that doesn’t gel and is tasteless) every day, too. I’m also still off all gluten.
Oh yeah…and still take Armour Thyroid, which I’m not impressed with. In fact, I’m taking one-third of the prescribed dose, but we won’t mention that to my doctor. Right?
***I am NOT recommending anyone try the things I’m doing – especially cutting your thyroid medication dose. I’m just sharing what I’m doing so I can live my life again.