My first question when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in November 2014 was “why?”
Why had my thyroid suddenly stopped functioning to the point where I was close to going into a myxodema coma and my liver and kidneys were shutting down?
Unwilling to accept my then doctors opinion that “my thyroid was dead and past its shelf life” I put my research skills to good use, decided to take the responsibility for my health into my own hands, changed my diet, lifestyle and attitude and found a doctor who was willing to partner with me and support my decisions.
In my quest to get and keep the best health possible to me, I found lots of blogs about diet and symptoms and treatment but very little about how to manage the emotional side of living with a chronic autoimmune condition.
How do you come to terms with suddenly having a serious, chronic disease that changes every aspect of your life?
How do you deal with the anxiety, depression, mood swings and often baffling symptoms?
How do you get your friends and family to even begin to understand what you are going through?
How to you live in a body that seems to be working against you at every turn with weight gain, pain and exhaustion?
How do you negotiate with doctors and other medical professionals who just don’t seem to listen, understand or care?
As a Therapeutic Life Coach who specializes in helping women and men deal with anxiety, depression and overcoming trauma and body image issues I want to talk about the real issues of living with autoimmune disease.
- How it changes your relationship with yourself and your body.
- How it impacts your partner, children, friends, family and finances.
- How it affects your ability to work and contribute to your own well-being.
- How you so often feel isolated, alone and in despair.
As well as this, I want to give you some practical skills, knowledge and support to help deal with the emotional side of living with an autoimmune condition and get tips from people like myself who are still living a full, happy and meaningful life while living with autoimmune disease.