“I Had to Fight”: My Journey with Celiac, Hashimoto’s and Raynaud’s Phenomenon

The woman on a mountain with open hands, against the blue skyI have had the great honor of being asked to write something for Katie here at AutoimmuneMom.com, in the hopes that we can help spread the word of autoimmune disease.  With over 24 million people suffering today, it is one of the fastest growing health issues.  It is OK, you are not alone, we are here to help you.

When I look back I think the signs of an autoimmune issue had been lingering for years maybe most of my life. Problem was I did not know what the signs and symptoms where to look for.

It was not until about seven years ago, that I first realized something was wrong.  I had gotten sick was treated and recovered, but never bounced back to the old me.  My energy, spunk and joy for life never returned, and I could not walk from one room to the next without help.

I knew in my heart something else was wrong, but could not find answers.  Funny thing was one of my first signs beside terrible fatigue was a much enlarged thyroid.  Yet doctor after doctor told me nothing was wrong!!  All my test where coming back normal.

I never gave up on myself, I couldn’t.  I had two young children to take care of and I had to fight.  It took me almost six years, but I finally found a doctor who listen to me, ran the right test and finally diagnosed me.  Not only did I have one autoimmune disease, I had three!!

Hello my new carbuncles, better known as Hashimoto’s, Celiac, and Raynaud’s phenomenon.  I don’t like to classify myself as an autoimmune disease anymore (for a long time I labeled myself as my disease).  Now they are just part of who I am.  They do not define me, I define them.  I am a young, healthy, vibrant full of life person again who has learned how to dealing with the fact that some things won’t be the same, but that other things are even better!!

My body had fought and hung on for me for seven years (I thank it every day for that), and now I felt I owed it the same respect.  I chose to try to heal my issues through a diet and life style change only.  It worked for me, but should always be something you discuss with your doctor first.  Once I really cleaned up my diet, that’s when I saw the greatest improvements.  It was not easy, I won’t say it was, but it is worth it for the fact that I was able to get my life back.

I returned to school for Holistic Nutrition, started a Facebook page and website www.autoimmuneandyou.com, filled with recipes, recommend reading material and links to other informative sites for over 16 autoimmune diseases.

I now find pure joy in sharing what I have learned in both school and my own life lessons on this journey back to health.  It is my hope that others will not have to suffer or feel alone when they are dealing with autoimmune issues.  People like Katie and I are here and we want to help you….xo

 

About the Author
Lisa understands all too well what it is like to live with an autoimmune disease. Not only does she have one, she has three. She now spends her days sharing her passion in helping others find THEIR road back to health.

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Comments

  1. This is a wonderful site! I’m glad Lisa shared your link! As an autoimmune mom – I am grateful for any help and advice I can get!

    Lisa has been a lifeline for me in my journey to good health! I hope your readers find her as valuable as I have!

    Best to all of you!

  2. Lisa – you should read the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal by Datis Kharrazian. It will explain why you have all 3 – not uncommon for people with Hashimoto’s. The book is amazing – current and really speaks to the need to change your diet and WHY. There are finally answers to all of the questions that people suffering in these situations have. I cried the first time I read it because it felt like someone finally understood what I was going thru and ALL of the doctors & specialists (over 13 years) failed to address the one issue I already new I had … Hashimoto’s disease.

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