Like many of you out there, I have had Hashimoto’s for a long time and have had to work very hard to find information and resources that could help me to heal. I’ve made a lot of progress as I continue to work toward my goal of maximum health and, thankfully, there’s a lot more information out there now than there was when I was first diagnosed.
One of the frustrations I have had over the years has been the time it takes just to locate the numerous resources and sites out there that have meaningful information about Hashimoto’s. Another frustration has been the feeling of being alone with this and not being able to find a good support system of people to talk with about this problem. I am hoping this site will help with both of these issues.
I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology. Interesting combo, you might say. I have spent the majority of my life as a professional flutist, although I had to give up playing a number of years ago because of the muscle pain I was experiencing as a result of my Hashi’s. At that point, because I had always found people to be fascinating and I always had a desire to try to help wherever I could, I decided to go back to school and get a degree in psychology with an eye to becoming a therapist.
Unfortunately, the stress connected with working in the mental health system exacerbated all of my Hashi’s symptoms, so I also had to walk away from that career not long ago.
Since then, I have had to think a lot about how I want to spend my time and how I can do that and stay healthy and stress-free. That’s when I decided that writing a blog would be a great way for me to use my time and talents in order to reach out to people who are also struggling with this condition.
My Hashi’s Journey So Far
I’ve realized, as a result of educating myself about this disease, that my body has been trying to compensate for problems related to Hashi’s and hypothyroid issues for a long, long time.
I’ve been to many, many doctors who really had little or nothing to offer me except to raise my dose of thyroid medication. I even had doctors who detected things like anemia or adrenal fatigue, but then offered nothing in the way of treatment.
The problem is that doctors want to treat this condition as a thyroid problem when it’s not. It is an autoimmune condition and, as such, it usually involves multiple systems in the body, which makes it a very complicated condition to treat. Traditional doctors just simply have not been trained to deal with autoimmune disease very well.
Add to that the fact that there is very little research being done on Hashi’s because, well, let’s face it, how can big pharma make a lot of money off of this when the things one has to do to get well involve nutrition, gut health, and targeted supplements? They simply aren’t interested.
I finally decided that the only person that could really help me get better was me. So, I have spent countless hours looking for answers through various books and websites, in addition to constantly looking for health practitioners of all kinds who seem to know something about this condition. I will be sharing what I have learned from this journey with you in the hopes that it will help you to get where you want to be with your own health.
What Hashimoto’s Central Has to Offer
My wish for this site is that, in addition to the information I will be offering on all things related to Hashimoto’s, it will be a central location from which to find multiple other resources that may help you in your personal experiences with this condition.
In addition to that, I want to focus on the emotional effects of this disease, because these can be devastating. People often experience mood swings, depression, anger and/or anxiety, just to name a few. These can be overpowering sometimes, not to mention what they can do to your relationships with other people. These issues are talked about to some degree in a few of the resources I’ve found, but I think they deserve a lot more attention than they have received so far, so I intend to spend a lot of time on this topic.
I have found that, even though this condition isn’t rare, I don’t seem to run across people in my daily life that have this thing. So, in order to talk with someone who really “gets it”, it has been necessary for me to get on forums and lists. We all need somewhere to go for support. I would like for this site to ultimately be a community where people can go to find other people who are dealing with this. I will also be offering individual support sessions to anyone who just needs someone to talk with about their personal experiences and struggles.
This Is What I Do Now
Because I have lived with this thing for the majority of my life, I am super passionate about connecting with people and trying to help. I totally understand what each of you is dealing with and I am hoping that we can work together to ease our paths through the maze of information that is out there.
I look forward to getting to know you and continuing to heal with each of you,
Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.