My name is Carmen, and I have Hashimoto’s Disease.
Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking. What the hell is Hashimoto’s Disease? Are you dying? Is it Japanese? You’re not Japanese. Are you contagious?
The answer to all those questions is no. Well, the first might be yes, but no more than any one of us. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease. In a nutshell, my immune system thinks that my thyroid hormones are bad and try to kill them. This causes major problems with my thyroid and my immune system. When this all happens (and it happens a lot more than I like), I feel like complete and total shit. It’s like my body is playing one big video game, with all these little rogue men running around and killing the “bad” guys, only the rogue men are the very things that are supposed to be defending me and the “bad” guys are the things that keep everything operating correctly.
Confused yet? Yeah, I empathize.
It has been a long and winding road to get to this diagnosis, and something tells me that it’s not over yet. I’ll talk more about what I’ve been through in later blog posts.
So why this blog, and why now? Well, my friends made me do it. Last week I started a 30 day “Gut Repair Diet” (sexy, huh?) and a few of my friends suggested that I document my progress in a blog. It’ll encourage me to keep moving forward. Cause, you see, I’m not drinking. I need to do something to occupy my time.
God, I must really be sick.
I’m hoping this blog is a place where I can share my thoughts on my illness, my progress towards getting better (fingers crossed!) and what is helping me along the way. Since I love to cook and I’m cooking (and eating) some random things lately I’ll share those too. And I hope to talk about some fun stuff, like music, wine (eventually! 21 days!), travel, etc. I like to think I’m a pretty fun person, and I’d rather talk about these things than being sick.
Yuck. There’s that word again.
If you have Hashimoto’s as well, or if you know someone who does, I hope this can become a conversation.
Of course that’s easy for me to say on my first blog post! I hope you follow along!