One of the things you’ll learn about me over the course of this blog is that I am a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis survivor. Hashimoto’s or Hashi’s is an autoimmune disease where my body creates antibodies that attack my thyroid during flair ups. To be able to control the flair ups I need to know my triggers and avoid them. Sounds easy right? Not really. Triggers change. Something I use to be able to enjoy can suddenly cause my flair ups. Currently my triggers are chemical preservatives, chemical food coloring, and stress. The chemical stress causes the minor flair ups resulting in weight gain, bloating, pain in my joints, brain fog, and irritability. Stress is my killer. Stress does the above and more. It makes me worn out, makes my whole body sore, and can cause nodules on my thyroid. Nodules can lead to cancer.
Stress can come in many forms: physical, emotional, internal, and external. Stress can come from work, friends, working out, even fun. That’s one of things that others don’t understand. Like this weekend. We hung out with Michael, Jessica, Seth, and Adrian both Friday and Saturday night. I very rarely do that. If I go out or entertain I limit it to once a week or space it out with a few days in between. I need time to recover. Even though we didn’t do anything strenuous (we played board games and watched movies) it still wore me out. We spent the night over at Michael and Jessica’s house last night. Jeremy and I slept until 11 and we were home by 2pm. I immediately came home and climbed into bed and slept for another 4 hours. Even now I feel exhausted.
I try to eat naturally and avoid stress but sometimes you can’t help it. Between the wedding and Japan I have a lot of stress naturally. My thyroid meds help a lot but I know I need to listen to my body. If I feel tired I know I need to relax and lay on our heating blanket. Jeremy understands and tries to keep me from taking on too much. He also understands why I can’t work out like him but encourages me to keep up my walking and workout videos. He knows that weight lifting and running affects my body differently than him. Jeremy has been my rock through this since I was just diagnosed last year. We had a few cancer scares last year and he never wavered during any of it. I know I am marrying an amazing man.