MY HASHIMOTO’S STORY …
About 20-something years ago my life fell apart with freakish symptoms that started:
- Sinus Infections
- Dry skin
- Stomach aches
- Hair falling out
- Hair turning orange (not kidding. really.)
- Brain fog
- Body pains
- And massive amounts of weight gain. To the tune of 100 pounds gained
Many of you know that story. Some of you even knew me then. When I went from being a professional musician who performed all around Southern California and the US — to being agoraphobic and not being able to leave my home.
Life changed. A lot.
It took a while to figure out what I had. At first, the doctors were dismissing me. They couldn’t find anything to support my symptoms so since they were invisible (except for the weight gain – which looked like a lack of self-control – and the orange hair – which looked like a bad dye-job…) so, they told me it was all in my head. Then, after a year of these symptoms worsening to dramatic proportions — they told me I was dying.
I went on that massive journey for inner peace and clarity — as well as healing at the young age of 27 years old. Eventually, the doctors figured out that I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Where the body attacks the thyroid.
And the thyroid, I came to find out, affects every cell in your body.
I dove in, not just to the physical understanding of Hashimoto’s — but to the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual aspects related to this dis-ease. I traveled all over the country and spoke to women all over the world who had this mysterious thing called “Hashimoto’s” and I culled information from top experts in the field. And on a very personal level, I used Hashimoto’s as a flashlight to look down the corridors of my life to see what wasn’t working — and to look into my own heart to deal with the misbeliefs I had about myself. If my thyroid was at war with me, where was I at war with life? It became my life work.
The diagnosis was years after the symptoms started and I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to find my health — and to share those healing pathways with you which I wrote about in my award-winning book “You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself through Hashimoto’s.”
Sending you so much healing and love as you take your next healing steps, forward.