The Old New Post

So with our less-than-stellar internet connection I usually type out my new blog posts in a Word document and then copy and paste.  Usually that works great.  Except this time I apparently forgot to put my fully written blog on the blog.  This was written a week ago.  Sigh… I’m posting the date as it was originally intended rather than posting it as today’s date.  Lucky for you another post is already in the works so you won’t have to wait long for the next one! Haha!  

IMG_0764Where to begin?  So much is happening so quickly.  As you all know, I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroditis.  On Monday I had an ultrasound and they would like to follow up with me every six months just to make sure it’s still looking as it should.  Praise God there are no signs of cancer!  I am still not sure if there were visible signs of damage to the thyroid or not, hopefully we’ll get more details in a few weeks.  But the worst case scenario is out of the equation which is a huge relief.

After receiving my diagnosis two weeks ago, I immediately began digging into the literature and seeking wisdom from others who have walked this road before me.  As the name of my blog might suggest, jumping to medication is not exactly my ideal route.  Unfortunately, my doctor gave me no other options.

Not only did he not give me other options, he told me that there was nothing conventional medicine could do to address or slow down my autoimmune disorder or even prevent me from incurring more autoimmune disorders down the road.  All he could do, he said, was to manage my symptoms.

I wasn’t satisfied with that answer.  I just wasn’t.  Since my diagnosis I’ve had over a dozen good friends come to me and let me know that they have the same exact diagnosis.  All of them are on medication, and almost everyone I’ve talked to with this disorder is taking medication for life.  My doctor has prescribed medication for me as well.  But here’s the thing… I’m going to wait on that.

I’m so glad that we have medication for when our bodies cannot function like God intended them to.  I am so happy that our technology has given us the capability to provide synthetic (and sometimes natural) hormones for our bodies to use to replace the ones that we sometimes can’t make ourselves.  But I’m just not sure I fall into that category.

According to my blood work my thyroid was functioning in the normal range until just a couple of months ago, and then it stopped.  Out of nowhere!  It just stopped.  The blood work matched my experience exactly.  During Hope’s hospital stay my health took a terrible turn for the worse and it wasn’t recovering.  Now I know why.

The thing is, there were a lot of factors in play that led up to me having an autoimmune disorder.  It has been years in the making and has been causing me grief for quite a long time.  I simply didn’t know that the reason why I felt so bad so much was that my body was attacking itself.  Once you develop an autoimmune disorder you can never un-develop it.  There is no cure for this disease.

But here’s the great news, you can achieve remission.  You can whip your immune system into shape and put it back in its place (which is attacking real foreign invaders!)  I know this because I’ve heard the success stories, because the science backs everything I have learned about health and wellness and because I am doing it right now.

After my initial diagnosis I spent a few days researching and prepping, and then I began the GAPS diet.  I am using a modified version of it that addresses specific food sensitivities and challenges for people with autoimmune disorders.  You can find that here.

Within a week of this cleansing, healing routine I was practically symptom free.  Almost two weeks in now, my headaches are gone, fatigue is greatly diminished, my depression is gone, my irritability is working its way out, I’m finally able to lose weight, etc.  I feel absolutely wonderful for the first time in a long time.  I haven’t done any new blood work yet, but I am quite excited to see what the next round will say.  I do believe it will show that I’m on the right track.  If not, we’ll rethink the medication.  But I’m excited to be working toward a solution.

The one thing about this route is that it’s very time consuming.  I’m spending all my free time cooking.  I had some much appreciated help from one of my friends at church the last two days, and got a lot of cooking done that I needed for the weekend.

The worst part of all this is… when I cheat I really do pay for it.  Twice already I’ve dipped my foot into the waters of this-is-probably-not-good-for-me-but-I-will-eat-it-anyway.  And both times I’ve paid for days afterward for it.  When I put food into my body that it doesn’t like, my body attacks itself.  I must stay on track 100% of the time.  It really is that important.  Unfortunately, that means fellowshipping over food (which is the best way to fellowship if I do say so myself) has become a little more difficult.

I love our congregation so much, and the pastoral circuit and groups we are involved with and family meals at the grandparents’.  I love going out to eat on dates with the kids or my husband.  But those things are just a little harder now.  My family is already showing huge amounts of support and love, they are even joining me on our journey.  As autoimmune disorders run strongly and on both sides of the family, it’s important that we protect our children through good nutrition as well.

We are fighting for the health of our family.  The healthier we are the better equipped we are to serve our neighbors, and especially our church.  This isn’t a forever thing, especially for our kids.  (And they can cheat here and there without the kind of repercussions I face right now.)  They will be able to get healthy, bounce back and join in with the rest of the community with no adverse affects.  I’m rather sure of that.  For me it might need to be a permanent change.  Only time will tell.  As always, I’m excited to share the journey with you as it unfolds.

Comments

  1. Bertha Neumueller says:

    Prayers that you will be able to beat this, and knowing how very strong and determined you are, you will be successful. Stay strong Dalas. God will heal you as he has done for so many of His own.

  2. Kira Standfest says:

    I’m so glad to hear that GAPS is helping you! We’ve used it with my husband and four of our kids to heal food intolerances with good results. I know how hard it can be to keep up with all of it. Try to make and freeze extra whenever you can. Get a really big pot to make broth so that some can be frozen for days when you’re sick or just too busy with appointments.
    As far as fellowship, find a couple safe, but fairly normal main dishes you can take for yourself and share. Pot roast might work well. Or roast chicken. (I don’t have experience with your exact protocol, so I’m not sure what you can and can’t have)
    I’m praying that you’re able to continue managing this with diet, not meds!

  3. Martin Anderwood says:

    Hello, fellow crunchy Lutheran!
    My name is Martin, I live in Denver, CO, and I’ve just found your blog! I’m doing a research project about how blogs can influence the teenage subculture and how that influence affects teenagers across the world. I’m a senior and high school and would love your input on the subject! You seem like a pretty avid blogger, and I believe that you could be a very credible source, not only due to the formality and professional appearance of your blog, but also, of course, because we’re both Lutherans!

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