Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Healthy Thinking Thursday on Wednesday

Yep Laura, I'm copying you!  It's been awhile since I've done a Healthy Thinking Thursday post.  I feel overwhelmed and frustrated- it's been a long year so far.  I have struggled with my weight and exercise- I've been to the doctor telling them I don't feel right.  Finally a doctor listened to me and  I had a biopsy of the nodules on my thyroid and I have found out that I have Hashimoto's disease.   I go see an endocrinologist at the end of September and I am crossing my fingers and toes that they can help me to get my energy back, help me figure out why the simplest of exercise seems such a struggle for me and why I have to force myself to stay awake past 7 pm most days.  I truly thought that all of my symptoms might just be middle age hitting me really hard, so I am hopeful that this disease is doing all of this to my system and I might have a chance to get back to normal.  I am a person that likes to pack as much as I can into my days...I like to accomplish things and I'm truly happiest when I'm busy and achieving goals- so this year has been a struggle and very depressing to me.  So many of my symptoms that I attributed to my old age are also symptoms of this disease:  fatigue, aching joints, aching hips, depression, weight gain, constipation, heavy menstrual cycles.  Soooooooo, long story really short,  I'm still working on being healthy- not just the way I planned when I first started out on this journey.  I'm feeling a little better about it all  now because I finally feel like maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Maybe I'm truly not lazy but just struggling against my own body.

18 comments:

Eileen Bergen said...

Kim, I'm both sorry and glad to hear this. I think Hashimoto's is about the best diagnosis you could have gotten with your symptoms.

The thyroid is an amazing little gland with respect to what it can do to your metabolism and emotions.

I hope that thyroid hormone replacement will get you back to feeling your-(young)old-self real soon!

Being a do-er myself, I can really relate to how depressing it is for you when you can't do as much as you are accustomed to do.

I hope this is the light at the end of your dark tunnel ;-)

Lainie's Little Things said...

Sooo glad that you finally got a good doctor to listen to you! You will be better soon. I just know it!
Hugs,
Lainie

Dlsarmywife said...

Wow, this was something I'd never heard of before. Glad you got a dr to finally listen to you. I hope that the healing and feeling better can start now! =D

Karin F. said...

keep at it girl! You've made it this far.
I'd never heard of this disease & I'm sure most other people haven't either. But the more people openly talk about these "rare" diseases, the more knowledge gets put out there & the less people will accept the old adages about: nothing we can do; it's your own fault; you're lazy; you're just fat.
Doctors these days just can't know everything & it's up to us to educate ourselves & them.

Briarwood Miniatures said...

Hugs, girl. And don't beat yourself up so much. You *know* you're not lazy. Your body is just not being kind to you right now. Take it one day at a time, and keep smiling. You'll get through it.

Cia

Jill said...

One look at your garden, and anyone can tell that you are not lazy!! Soon now you will be feeling better. There are better days ahead!!
Hugs, hugs, and more hugs,
Jill

sunshine said...

You are the least lazy person that I know. So shut up. :)

As you already know .. I know exactly what you are going through. My thyroid problems just happened to me while I was a teenager.
Everything you listed, I went through. One I got onto the hormone replacement, I felt 100% better. It took a few months but, I was back to my old self. And as far as the weight was concerned... I had gained 60 pounds with it and WITHOUT dieting, lost all of it + more within a year. It just came off and my body went back to it's normal weight. Of course I WAS a teenager..lol.

What I'm saying, long story short, is that soon.. you'll be feeling like your old self again. I promise. :)

((Hugs))
Laura

Dani said...

Ofcourse there is light in the end of the tunnel, reason because i stand there with a candle for you :)...we will survive Kim together we are strong...Much love Xxx

Kim said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments everyone. I think I came across wrong- I know I'm not lazy...but this year I have "felt" lazy because my energy level is so low- it's a struggle to keep up with things that used to be no problem and I just long to lie down instead....which makes me think I'm being lazy until someone finally told me that it's not me, but actually my body not working correctly. It's the "feeling" of being so tired and wanting to lay down instead of doing my chores or even my crafts that makes me feel lazy, if that makes sense. I'm excited to start talking with the specialist- I wish the appointment was closer! It's hard to wait now that I know that I may actually feel like myself again :) I have to tell you all also that because I don't have many friends in real life your support and comments here in blogland really do mean so much to me- I wish you could know how often they spur me on and keep me going ♥

Ascension said...

Me alegro que al final hayas encontrado un especiaista, aunque tarde un poquito.
No eres una vaga, estas malita pero seguro que muy pronto te encontraras mejor.
Me alegro muchisimo de que al menos ya sepas que es.
Suerte y mucho animo.
besitos ascension

kibbygirl said...

oh yeah, maybe some light at the end of the tunnel for you. thats great news that you were finally listened to. I can totally relate to that feeling of having to push myself to do even simple things sometimes. That sense of heaviness and tiredness is a product of the depression for me. Here's hoping the doctors can help you feel great again!

hugs :)

Sans! said...

Kim , I am sorry that you have been feeling down but the silver lining is knowing why now. Not sure id Hashimoto disease is a form of thyroid problem but I have met many who had this problem and overcoming them successfully.

I know you will too!

Julia said...

Thank God you are finally getting some answers to your fatigue issues. I sure hope that whatever the treatment is that it works quickly. You don't deserve this!
You have so much on your plate as it is!
I may just take you up on the offer to make something for my fairy house. I'll let you know when I get ready to make it. I will wait till the weather gets cooler! The 90s in TN are too hot for being outside for long.

Angela said...

Maybe I'm truly not lazy but just struggling against my own body. ....What a powerful statement and insight Kim...I'll be saying a prayer for your Dr.'s appointment in September that they can get this resolved and you can get back to being you, and a better you with this healthy thinking AND living life style. ((hugs)) Love ya girl

Papillon Bleu said...

Hi my sweet Kim!
I had no idea of such a disease but it is good to hear that you had the chance to meet a competent doctor. Thank God that we are living in an era where medication can help us beat such problems.

You are such a strong person Kim. In spite of the low feeling and pain, you have found the energy to seek for help and to share it with us.

What a woman you are!

I have just discovered the very adorable new member of your family.What a sweetie.
And the candy house! Good Heavens!
It is an absolute little marvel.

I send you lots and lots of positive enrgy.

Katie said...

Hey! You! Here's a BIG hug!!!

Well...it's a good thing that they found something that can be fixed, right?? There's good medicine for that! You know I know all about being exhausted! If it hadn't of been for me getting sick, I don't think I would of found minatures!! And I wouldn't have all of you:) Hang in there!!

Hug!
Katie

Zlatica said...

Oh, Kim, I´ve missed this post and now I see you´ve got a serious news... Sorry to hear about your diagnosis but al least you know now why are you feeling so badly.
I think my friend has this same illness - she was very down all the time, low energy, could not do any physical excersice. She has got some medicals, changed her job, she even change her hometown because she (and the doctor) thought the disease worses because of the stress she was undertaking in her job. Now she is feeling VERY much BETTER - it´s been two years from the beginning of her treatment!
I hope you will get a perfect medical care and your health will improve soon.
Hugs,
Zlatica.

Tallulah Belle said...

Dear Kim.....I am so sorry about this.

But, I also think it is a good thing.At least now you know what is causing you so many problems and can get onto working out the right treatment for you.

I am glad your Dr went ahead and tested you for this and now you can concentrate on getting better and back tot he old Kim again.

Much love xxx